The first concert performance of Hollywood was given by the Wren Orchestra conducted by the composer in the Fairfield Halls, Croydon in June 1980. It was composed for the Thames Television series 'Hollywood', a thirteen-part history of the silent film directed by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill. The series was first broadcast in 1980 and was subsequently shown in nearly fifty countries. Davis has written a warm and sentimental melody in waltz time, to reflect the early film producers' desire to appeal to family audiences. It starts modestly with a piano solo which soon develops into the full symphony orchestra, culminating in a triumphant fanfare - the unstoppable rise of Hollywood!