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Hooray for Hollywood - Part 1

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John Wilson and his orchestra are joined by star soloists in Part 1 of a Prom celebrating the golden age of Hollywood film musicals, from the earliest days through to the 1960s.

BBC PROMS 2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

John Wilson and his Orchestra are joined by starry soloists and the Maida Vale Singers to celebrate the Golden Age of Hollywood film Musicals, from the earliest days through to the 1960s.

Back in the mid 20th century the Hollywood studios attracted the best composers, lyricists and orchestrators to write for their stars. The results are what John Wilson calls "miniature works of art" which were played by orchestras composed of virtuoso players. Matching that, the John Wilson Orchestra is made up of the cream of Britain's orchestral musicians who have wowed Proms audiences with the passion and sheer vivacity of their playing. They perform classics from the 1930s onwards, from films starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers including the title numbers from 'Shall We Dance' and 'Top Hat', through the 40s and 50s with numbers from 'Strike up the Band' and 'Guys and Dolls', through to hit musical films from the 60s including 'Gypsy' and 'West Side Story'.

Hooray for Hollywood, part 1

Caroline O'Connor (vocalist)
Clare Teal (vocalist)
Annalene Beechey (vocalist)
Matthew Ford (vocalist)
Sarah Fox (vocalist)
Charles Castronovo (vocalist)

The Maida Vale Singers
The John Wilson Orchestra
John Wilson (conductor).

50 minutes

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Mon 29 Aug 2011 19:30

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Music Played

  • John Wilson Orchestra - Overture

    Composers: George Gershwin, Harry Warren, Rudolf Friml, Jerome Kern, Frank Loesser, Richard M & Robert B. Sherman, Richard Whiting, Ira Gershwin, Al Dubin, Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein, E. Y. ‘Yip’ Harburg and Johnny Mercer Arranger: Andrew Cottee, Ray Heindorf, Herbert Spencer, Irwin Kostal Assembled by John Wilson.

  • Warner Brothers and the Birth of the Movie Musical

    • Harry Warren

      42nd Street

      Conductor: John Wilson Arranger: Ray Heindorf Performer: John Wilson Orchestra Performer: Maida Vale Singers Performers: Annalene Beechey

  • Fred and Ginger at RKO

    • Irving Berlin

      Top Hat

      Arranger: Max Steiner Conductor: John Wilson Performer: John Wilson Orchestra Performers: Matthew Ford

    • Jerome Kern

      A Fine Romance

      Arranger: Robert Russell Bennett Conductor: John Wilson Performer: John Wilson Orchestra Performers: Claire Teal

    • Jerome Kern

      The Way You Look Tonight

      Performer: Fred Astaire. Lyricist: Dorothy Fields.

      Arranger: Robert Russell Bennett Conductor: John Wilson Performer: John Wilson Orchestra Performers: Matthew Ford

    • George Gershwin

      They All Laughed

      Arranger: Robert Russell Bennett Conductor: John Wilson Performer: John Wilson Orchestra Performers: Claire Teal

    • George Gershwin

      Shall We Dance?

      Arranger: Robert Russell Bennett Conductor: John Wilson Performer: John Wilson Orchestra Performers: Matthew Ford

  • Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy: Hollywood’s Sweethearts

    • Sigmund Romberg

      The Road to Paradise

      Arranger: Conrad Salinger Conductor: John Wilson Performer: John Wilson Orchestra Performers: Annalene Beechey Performers: Matthew Ford

    • Sigmund Romberg

      Will You Remember?

      Arranger: Conrad Salinger Conductor: John Wilson Performer: John Wilson Orchestra Performers: Annalene Beechey Performers: Matthew Ford

  • Hollywood Goes to War

    • George Gershwin

      Strike up the band

      Arranger: Leo Arnaud and Conrad Salinger Conductor: John Wilson Performer: John Wilson Orchestra Performers: Caroline O’Conner Performer: Maida Vale Singers

    • Jerome Kern

      Can't Help Singing

      Arranger: Frank Skinner Conductor: John Wilson Performer: John Wilson Orchestra Performers: Sarah Fox

    • Roger Edens

      Main Street

      Arranger: Conrad Salinger Conductor: John Wilson Performer: John Wilson Orchestra Performers: Matthew Ford

    • Harry Warren

      You'll Never Know

      Arranger: Conrad Salinger Conductor: John Wilson Performer: John Wilson Orchestra Performers: Claire Teal

  • Fred’s Swansong

    • Harry Warren

      This Heart of Mine

      Arranger: Conrad Salinger Conductor: John Wilson Performer: John Wilson Orchestra Performers: Matthew Ford Performer: Maida Vale Singers

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