About

We are Sinfonia of London,
a historic recording orchestra relaunched in 2018 by British conductor John Wilson.

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 #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)

Further recordings are planned in partnership with Chandos Records.

Previous history

  • 1955 – 1969

    The original Sinfonia of London was founded in 1955 by flautist Gordon Walker, for the purpose of recording music for the film industry. Walker chose personnel from the most famous musical ensembles of the day, creating an orchestra of outstanding virtuosity. Sinfonia of London appeared in the musical credits of over three hundred British and American films of the 1950s and ’60s, including the 1958 soundtrack by Bernard Herrmann for Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Among their most celebrated gramophone recordings were Sir Colin Davis’ first discs of Mozart Symphonies and Sir John Barbirolli’s famous recording of English Music for Strings.

  • 1982 – 2002

    In 1982 the title Sinfonia of London was taken over by Peter Willison and Howard Blake for the purpose of recording the music for the animated children’s classic The Snowman. Under their management, the orchestra went on to record many soundtracks for major Hollywood films, including Batman, The Mummy Returns, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Lost in Space, The Lawnmower Man, Stargate, Tombstone, RoboCop and Young Sherlock Holmes. The orchestra also worked extensively in the field of TV, video gaming and pop tours.