Magazine article Gramophone

John Wilson Revives the Sinfonia of London

Magazine article Gramophone

John Wilson Revives the Sinfonia of London

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Conductor John Wilson has revived a classic orchestra from the past century, the Sinfonia of London, drawing on some of the leading players from London-based ensembles to make one-off recording projects.

The Sinfonia of London was founded in 1955 by flautist Gordon Walker, drawing away many players of the London Symphony Orchestra, to record soundtracks. Among its most memorable albums was a recording with Sir John Barbirolli of Elgar's Introduction and Allegro and Serenade for Strings, and Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis and Greensleeves, issued on HMV in 1963. In its initial incarnation it closed soon after, but was revived in 1982 by Howard Blake for the soundtrack of The Snowman, subsequently recording further soundtracks.

Now, under Wilson, it will focus on making recordings for Chandos. Wilson already has a strong relationship with the label, focussed around composers including Copland, Richard Rodney Bennett and Eric Coates. But Wilson and Chandos were keen to make albums of repertoire that didn't fit into such composer-based series, and so Wilson decided to create a flexible group of musicians to undertake them.

And what a group: the first gatherings of players includes, says Wilson, leaders of more than 10 other orchestras, many section principals and members of leading quartets. Despite the illustrious line-up, Wilson is keen to stress: 'it's not in any sense a scratch band--these are people I've had long-standing relationships with, some going back 30 years. …

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