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Reconstructing Film Music: John Wilson
Paul Campbell
“Paul Campbell is a first class arranger, orchestrator and editor. He is utterly dependable and consistently turns out faultless work for me, often under considerable time pressure; not once has he missed a deadline.”
John Wilson (Conductor, Producer, Arranger)
I introduced myself to conductor/arranger John Wilson while studying at the Royal College of Music in London. Not long after seeking his wisdom in the world of orchestrating and arranging, he took a leap of faith and booked me to write two new arrangements for a private function with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), one of which was set to choreography by ballet legend Wayne Sleep. I have never looked back. Since then, I have got to know John very well as a client and mentor and consider him a good friend. I am very grateful to him for not only providing me with consistent arranging work but introducing me to a multitude of notable contacts on whom I have built my career to date.

One of the highlights of our working relationship has been writing for the Grammy nominated John Wilson Orchestra (recently signed to EMI Classics), whose BBC Prom debut of MGM film music in 2009 received a record-breaking response from the general public. Since 2003, I have supplied John with dozens of scores of film and light music - meticulously reconstructing, transcribing and editing film scores from combinations of available audio, video and manuscript and preparing them for concert performance and broadcast. One recent project involved reconstructing much of the film score of perhaps the most well-known of the MGM film musical library, Singin’ in the Rain, for a semi-staged London performance.

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