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In loving remembrance of John Barry (1933-2011)
His music for ever in our hearts and souls.


Conductor Nicholas Dodd with special guest appearances from John Barry & Jarvis Cocker, at the Royal Festival Hall.

The Meltdown director chooses his favourite work from Five-time Academy Award winning film score composer John Barry. Few composers of the last 50 years have had the critical success and worldwide influence of Barry, best known for his work on the James Bond films, and the scores for Out of Africa and Dances With Wolves.

Exclusive photographs from ‘The Music of John Barry’ concert at The Royal Festival Hall by MARK MAWSTON

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John Barry - Portrait by Mark Mawston
John Barry & Jarvis Cocker rehearse 'We Have All the Time in the World'

A tonic for the heart

21 June 2007
An exclusive report from GRAHAM RYE about a very special Thursday afternoon.

When I look back over my 25-year professional career in the world of James Bond it is with great fondness, and during that time it has been my privilege to have had some of the artists who have worked on the Bond films become friends. Yesterday, the summer solstice, a day that seemed an apt reminder of new beginnings and celebration, I found myself in a privileged position once more, due to the kindness of a friend, when I was invited to sit in on the rehearsal for ‘The Music of John Barry’ concert at the Royal Festival Hall on June 21st.

As I took a seat in the front stalls the London Philharmonic Orchestra had already taken their places on the stage with John Barry at the podium. Dressed in a beige casual pullover he looked very relaxed and was having some fun with the musicians. My face must have been a picture. It’s not often I’m lost for words, but as I walked past the maestro to my seat I was in awe. Here was the man, the man whose music means so much too so many and has enriched the lives of many more, not least mine and many of my friends. After conducting Goldfinger, John Barry then was joined on stage by Jarvis Cocker for a particularly tender and fine rendition of ‘We Have All The Time In The World’. Memorable and moving stuff!

Meltdonw Curator Jarvis Cocker sings 'We Have All the Time in the World' John Barry Conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra

John Barry’s wife, Laurie, introduced herself in turn to the handful of people attending the rehearsal, which gave me the opportunity to thank her for allowing me to attend what was a very special afternoon. Laurie protects her husband and family formidably, like a tigress guards her cubs. It would appear that everything in JB’s professional life is approved by Laurie before anyone gets close to the man himself. Having nearly lost him to a life-threatening illness during the late eighties it is understandable why this very special man would be protected so fiercely by his adoring and loyal wife.

Once JB had run through the pieces he would be conducting during the concert in the evening, he left the auditorium together with his wife and other members of his family to be photographed exclusively by Mark Mawston. Then conductor Nicholas Dodd took over the podium to energetically put the orchestra through a feisty performance of the rest of the evening to come’s programme. I then had the wonderful experience of sitting completely alone in the Royal Festival Hall while listening to Zulu, Dances With Wolves (suite), ‘This Way Mary’ (from Mary, Queen of Scots), Body Heat, All Time High, Chaplin, ‘The Girl With The Sun In Her Hair’, The Persuaders, Midnight Cowboy, Walkabout, Born Free, Space March (from You Only Live Twice), Out of Africa, and The James Bond suite: ‘The James Bond Theme’, From Russia With Love, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and Diamonds Are Forever.

John Barry by Mark Mawston

As I sat and listened to this wonderful performance of John Barry’s memorable music it began to have a wonderfully therapeutic effect on this listener; heart lifting and calming in an afternoon I will never forget. Thanks Mark! Thanks JB!