1:58:51 BBC Proms 2011 Hooray for Hollywood

A celebration of the Golden Age of Hollywood film musicals featuring Annalene Beechey, Charles Castronovo, Matthew Ford, Sarah Fox, Caroline O’Connor, Clare Teal, the Maida Vale Singers, John Wilson Orchestra and John Wilson (conductor).

The appearances of John Wilson and his hand-picked, high-octane orchestra have been among the most sensational Proms events of recent years.

Joined by a formidable line-up of today’s vocal stars, they give what one critic has described as ‘the auditory equivalent of a steam-clean’ to another cache of show-stoppers.

‘Hooray for Hollywood’ takes us from the dawn of the talkies and the birth of the movie musical through to the 1960s. An extended sequence pays special tribute to the RKO films of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, who was born 100 years ago.

Recorded on 29 August 2011
Broadcast on BBC2 on 3 September