John Barry Tribute Concert
A memorial concert to celebrate the life of five-time Oscar winning composer, John Barry, was held on Monday 20 June 2011 at The Royal Albert Hall in London.
All profits from the concert benefit the newly established John Barry Scholarship for Film Composition, at the Royal College of Music, London. The first recipient of this scholarship will soon be announced.
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At this special concert the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performed throughout the evening under the baton of conductor and RCM alumnus, Nicholas Dodd. The programme, produced by Laurie Barry and composer David Arnold, included guest artists Dame Shirley Bassey, Wynne Evans and Rumer, as well as tributes from Don Black, Sir Michael Caine, Timothy Dalton, Sir George Martin and Sir Michael Parkinson. The event was sponsored through a grant by the Broccoli Foundation and organised in conjunction with the Royal College of Music, where the post-concert party was held.
One of the most celebrated film composers of his generation, John Barry scored more than 125 films over the course of his career. The concert reflected his most famous and best loved compositions and was an exceptionally successful and fitting tribute to a composer and conductor who altered the landscape of film composition forever.
Click here to read Mrs Laurie Barry's welcome address from the memorial brochure...
I would like to thank each and every one of you who are sharing John’s Memorial Concert with me, our family and friends this evening at The Royal Albert Hall. John would sincerely be moved by the outpouring of love that all of you have bestowed in his memory.
Our family recently established a scholarship, in memory of my husband, which will be awarded in perpetuity to scholars studying the John Barry Scholarship for Film Composition course at the Royal College of Music.
This opportunity will enable talented students from all backgrounds to develop the musical skills, knowledge, understanding and resourcefulness which will equip them to contribute significantly to musical and film life in Britain and internationally. The College has over seven hundred students from more than fifty countries. I deeply appreciate your support this year, and hopefully your future support toward the Scholarship. John would take great pride in knowing that he was enhancing the musical education of the talented and gifted students at The Royal College of Music.
I am most grateful to The Broccoli Foundation for underwriting this evening’s Memorial Concert. The Broccoli family and the Barry Family’s professional and personal relationships have happily spanned many decades. This evening would not be possible without their support and the support of EON Productions. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for the time, effort and energy that has gone into producing tonight’s event.
I wish to thank Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir George Martin, David Arnold, Sir Michael Parkinson, Sir Michael Caine, Don Black, Alfie Boe and Rumer for donating their time and talent. A special thanks to our conductor and John’s most respected colleague, Nicholas Dodd. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Albert Hall have shared a wonderful relationship for many years with John with many memorable concerts and recordings. It is only fitting to have them be a part of this special tribute.
John respected and understood musicians and artists more than most. I know that he is smiling tonight from the magic and majesty that your talent brings to all of us.