Sinfonia of London (John Wilson’s session orchestra)

~ Orchestra


See also 1955-1969 orchestra and 1982-2002 incarnations of the Sinfonia of London.

A hand-picked group of world-class musicians who meet for specific concerts and recording projects, the orchestra includes a significant number of principals and leaders from other UK and international orchestras, alongside notable soloists and members of distinguished chamber groups.

Our aim is to create exceptional recordings and performances.

Our debut recording, Korngold’s Symphony in F sharp (September 2019), received glowing critical reviews and won BBC Music Magazine Award for orchestral music 2020. Our second record, Escales, French Orchestral Works (February 2020), received numerous plaudits on release in 2020 and rose to number 3 in the UK classical charts.

Respighi's Roman Trilogy (July 2020) reached number 1 in the UK Specialist Classical charts and also won the BBC Music Magazine Award for orchestral music 2021. English Music for Strings (February 2021) received widespread 5 star reviews, and was selected as Presto Classical's Recording of the Week as well as Gramophone Magazine's Editor's Choice. Our latest release (June 2021) features Dutilleux - Le Loup, 'bewitchingly played and imaginatively directed'. (Financial Times) Both our Respighi record and English Music for Strings were shortlisted for a Gramophone Award 2021.

The orchestra made its acclaimed live debut at the BBC Proms in September 2021. Further recordings are planned in partnership with Chandos Records.


Annotation last modified on 2022-05-09 22:38 UTC.



1958Swan Lake Ballet SuiteTchaikovsky; Sinfonia of London, John Hollingsworth1
1964Symphonies nos. 29 & 39Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Sinfonia of London, Sir Colin Davis3
1966Rhapsody In Blue / An American In Paris / Concerto In FGershwin, Rodgers, Adinsell, Rosza; The Sinfonia of London Orchestra, Kenneth Alwyn, Morgan Lewis, Malcolm Binns, William Davies1
1980Chu Chin ChowFrederic Norton; Sinfonia of London, John Hollingsworth1
1999Jason and the ArgonautsBernard Herrmann; Sinfonia of London, Bruce Broughton1
2019Symphony in F-sharp / Theme and Variations / StraussianaKorngold; Sinfonia of London, John Wilson2
2020Escales: French Orchestral WorksSinfonia of London, John Wilson1
2020Fontane di Roma / Pini di Roma / Feste romaneRespighi; Sinfonia of London, John Wilson2
2021English Music for StringsBritten, Bliss, Bridge, Berkeley; Sinfonia of London, John Wilson1
2021Le LoupDutilleux; Sinfonia of London, John Wilson1
2022Ma mère l’Oye / Boléro / Valses nobles et sentimentales / Pavane pour une infante défunte / Alborada del gracioso / La ValseRavel; Sinfonia of London, John Wilson2
2022MetamorphosenStrauss, Korngold, Schreker; Sinfonia of London, John Wilson1
2022Orchestral WorksJohn Ireland; Sinfonia of London, John Wilson1
2022Hollywood SoundstageSinfonia of London, John Wilson1
2022Symphony no. 3 / Vocalise / The Isle of the DeadRachmaninoff; Sinfonia of London, John Wilson1
2023Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis / Howells: Concerto for String Orchestra / Delius: Late Swallows / Elgar: Introduction and AllegroVaughan Williams, Howells, Delius, Elgar; Sinfonia of London, John Wilson2
2023Symphony no. 2 / Prélude in C-sharp minorRachmaninoff; Sinfonia of London, John Wilson1
2023Orchestral Works, Volume 1Kenneth Fuchs; Adam Walker, Sinfonia of London, John Wilson1
The Quiet Hour: Great Classics in the Tranquil MoodRobert Irving, Sinfonia of London1

Album + Soundtrack

1959Shake Hands With the DevilWilliam Alwyn / Muir Mathieson, Sinfonia of London1
1961Gone With the Wind (1961 re-recording)Max Steiner; Sinfonia of London, Muir Mathieson3
1998The Master of BallantraeBruce Broughton / The Sinfonia Of London1
2023Oklahoma! (2022 Susie Sainsbury Theatre cast)Rodgers & Hammerstein; Nathaniel Hackmann, Sierra Boggess, Rodney Earl Clarke, Jamie Parker, Louise Dearman, Sandra Marvin, Nadim Naaman, Sinfonia of London, John Wilson2


2022Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas TallisVaughan Williams; Sinfonia of London, John Wilson1

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