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John Barry (1933-2011)John Barry (1933-2011)

Welcome to the newly designed "Music by John Barry" website.

For the uninitiated, yet curious, John Barry was arguably Britain's best-known composer of film music. He emerged at a time when the score of a movie was seldom recorded for the album market, and when the musical arranger, for all his importance to the end product, was a comparatively anonymous part of the film-making process.

Barry's career spanned the years in which there was an increasing awareness of the importance of these roles. The expansion of the record industry in the 1960s; the growing recognition of the impact of a memorable main theme on box office receipts; a wider acceptance of film music as a serious art form per se, all helped ensure that securing the services of a 'name' composer is now almost as important as hiring the star actors. Musicians from all genres entered the fray, but only the most talented survived.

John Barry not only survived, but prospered spectacularly. The aim of this web-site is a modest one: to help explain the route he took to win the position of preeminence he holds. In doing so, we set out to provide as complete a record of his musical achievements as possible.

It is also an invaluable reference point for any inquisitive musicologist who wishes to sample Barry's prolific output; and finally, it may induce the record industry to continue to re-evaluate what has become an internationally popular back catalogue.

Geoff Leonard (owner) and Ruud (webmaster) have been running the John Barry website since June 18, 2001.

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Ruud (webmaster)

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24 & 25 February, 2024
The James Bond Experience: Music Behind the Man
Cape Cod Symphony
Barnstable Performing Arts Center
Hyannis, Massachusetts
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Q The Music 2024 concert dates

Q The Music are a world-renowned tribute to James Bond music, performing at the smallest intimate private events, to huge production concerts in the West End of London as well as theatres throughout the UK and abroad.

With configurations from a 5-piece band, 13-piece band (standard line-up) and even up to a full orchestra, this is the perfect way to bring 007 music to your event or occasion, and there is simply nobody who does it better.

*Q The music are not affiliated with EON, Danjaq, MGM or the james bond films.

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12 May 2024 New Theatre, Peterborough

25 May 2024 St George’s Hall, Bradford

26 May 2024 Palace Theatre, Newark

27 May 2024 New Victoria Theatre, Woking

2 Jun 2024 Tyne Theatre and Opera House

25 Aug 2024 Buxton Opera House

1 Sep 2024 Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple

22 Sep 2024 De La Warr Theatre, Bexhill

Geoff (owner) and Ruud (webmaster) have been running the John Barry website since June 18, 2001. This website is not endorsed by the composer's family.

John Barry - The Man With The Midas Touch, the definitive website
dedicated to Britain's foremost composer of film and TV music.