Please note this event has now taken place.
The internationally renowned John Wilson Orchestra make a much anticipated return to the Festival with a programme featuring the much-loved music of Rodgers & Hammerstein.
In 2010 the BBC Proms invited John Wilson to conduct a programme of Rodgers & Hammerstein to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of that great lyricist. His orchestra has since been celebrated for their sell out performances at the BBC Proms, with televised performances seen by millions around the world.
In 1943 Oklahoma! completely rewrote the rule-book. Rodgers welded musical styles, melodies, rhythms and tones to Hammerstein’s individually tailored, realistic yet poetic lyrics. Along with Carousel the musicals assured Rodgers and Hammerstein of their place in musical history, but there was more to come, including South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music.
“Wilson’s concerts are the American musical as you have never heard it before… these classic musicals fairly explode back to life…they could surely see the sparks fly over the Royal Festival Hall all the way from Hollywood.” – The Financial Times