What was popular in the 1930s and '40s is finding new audiences in the 21st century under the baton of John Wilson, but his skills and interests are appreciated by colleagues, as well. Wilson graduated from the Royal College of Music in London in 1995, having gathered all the school's major conducting prizes along the way, and founding the John Wilson Orchestra while still a student. His particular interests in film music and English light music are what drives the orchestra's programs and appeals to its listeners at the BBC Proms. A couple of his early successes were the orchestrations of Richard Rodney Bennett's music for the mini-series Gormenghast and Howard Goodall's score for The Gathering Storm. His talents as a scholar and arranger were noted by MGM Studios, which asked him to reconstruct the orchestrations from its major musicals, such as Singin' in the Rain and An American in Paris. This led to live orchestral accompaniment for screenings of The Wizard of Oz with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (with which Wilson is principal guest conductor) in 2007, and of Singin' in the Rain with the Philharmonia in 2010. He also arranged the music for the film Beyond the Sea (2004), which was later nominated for a Grammy.