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Posthumous award for composer John Barry            

26th April 2011, The Northern Echo

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BOND soundtrack guru John Barry is to be honoured with a posthumous award at next month's Classic Brit Awards for his outstanding contribution to music.John Barry - composer

Composer Barry, who was born and raised in York, died in January after setting the tone for many 007 films, as well as dozens of other films and TV shows.

It will be the first time a posthumous prize has been awarded since the event was founded in 2000.

Dame Shirley Bassey will be among those to take part in a finale at the ceremony next month dedicated to Barry. She will perform a show-stopping rendition of Goldfinger.

In a celebration of his work, several of Barry's best-known themes will be performed by the London Chamber Orchestra and some of the UK's most celebrated classical performers.

Barry scored more than 100 films during his five decade career, including the Oscar-winning Born Free, as well as Midnight Cowboy, Out of Africa and Dances With Wolves.

His widow Laurie said: "John would be so honoured to be receiving the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at The Classic Brit Awards."

The event, hosted by Myleene Klass, takes place at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday May 12 and will be broadcast later by ITV1.

The venue will also host a memorial concert to celebrate Barry's life on June 20 with profits benefiting the newly-established John Barry Scholarship for Film Composition at London's Royal College of Music.

 


 

Source: http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/8994346.Posthumous_award_for_composer_John_Barry/