Sinfonia of London is an award-winning British orchestra, directed by conductor John Wilson

Often described as a 'super orchestra', Sinfonia of London is made up of some of the best musicians from the UK and internationally, including a large number of principals and leaders from other orchestras, alongside notable soloists and members of distinguished chamber groups.

We perform throughout the year for tours and recordings and our aim is simple: to make the best orchestral music possible.


Since its relaunch in 2018 by John Wilson, Sinfonia of London has continued its 20th Century heritage as a studio recording orchestra, recording no fewer than 30 albums of music recorded so far with our partner label Chandos Records, to consistent and exceptional critical acclaim, industry awards and regularly reaching No.1 in the Specialist Classical Charts.

Our debut recording, Korngold’s Symphony in F sharp won a BBC Music Magazine Award for orchestral music 2020, which we have subsequently won each year since, alongside nominations for three Gramophone Classical Music Awards, including Orchestra of the Year and the 2022 Orchestral Award (for 'Metamorphosen'), and winning Gramophone's Classical Music Award for Spatial Audio in partnership with Apple Music for our album of 'Ravel – Orchestral Works'.

Sinfonia of London was the only British orchestra to be nominated for the 2023 Gramophone Awards, taking two out of the six shortlisted places (for 'Rachmaninoff Symphony No.3' and 'Music for Strings'), and the only artist nominated in two categories of 2024's BBC Music Magazine Awards.


The orchestra made its live performing debut in September 2021 at the BBC Proms, a "revelatory" event celebrated by The Times for its "ingenious programming and astonishing playing". That same year, we were invited to mark the 2021 Benjamin Britten birthday weekend with two concerts of English music for string orchestra at Snape Maltings. Both the BBC Proms and Snape Maltings have become spiritual homes for the orchestra: we returned to Snape in 2023 for two performances at the Aldeburgh Festival – these were both filmed for Marquee TV where we were awarded 'Most Watched Music Title of 2023' – and we have returned each year to the BBC Proms, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four.

Our first tour in autumn 2022 took in five major venues around the UK, including London's Barbican. It was warmly received by packed audiences, standing ovations and unanimous five star reviews by critics, "set fair to become Britain's favourite orchestra" (The Telegraph). This was followed by a ten-concert UK tour in November 2023, invited by venues in England, Scotland and Wales and playing to a combined audience of over 15,000 people.

Sinfonia of London now gives annual tours of the UK alongside special appearances at some of its major festivals. We return to London's Barbican in October 2024 with Sheku Kanneh-Mason as part of our next UK tour and look forward to announcing further dates.

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.