The Music of John Barry

The Music of John Barry

In an evening of highlights, the lesser-known music from Moviola, music written by Barry for a film about himself, and the achingly gorgeous Out of Africa theme – all savannah and big skies – really hit the spot.

Rob Barnes, The Journal

About the Project

John Barry created some of the most memorable and recognisable film scores of the 20th century, such as Midnight Cowboy, Out of Africa, Dances with Wolves, Zulu and of course much of the music from the James Bond series; his versatility and originality were peerless. His death in 2011 deprived cinema of a true musical great. This concert pays tribute to his life and music with a carefully selected programme, conducted by Nicholas Dodd, who collaborated closely with the composer on his later films. Nicholas Dodd is regarded as one of the leading conductors and orchestrators of Hollywood film music and is a noted expert on, and performer of John Barry’s music. In fact, every James Bond movie from the last 10 years bears his signature.


Previous Performances

Philharmonia Orchestra | Royal Festival Hall | November 2017

Philharmonia Orchestra | De Montfort Hall, Leicester | March 2017

Philharmonia Orchestra | The Anvil, Basingstoke | March 2017

Philharmonia Orchestra | Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury | February 2017

Sinfonia Lahti | Sibelius Hall, Lahti | November 2016

Royal Northern Sinfonia | Sage Gateshead | May 2015

Orchestra of Welsh National Opera | St David’s Hall, Cardiff | December 2014

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra | Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool | February 2014

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra | King George’s Hall, Blackburn | February 2014

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra | Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham | February 2014




Gold Finger

We Have All The Time in The World


Somewhere in Time


The Persuaders

Mary Queen of Scots

Midnight Cowboy

Dances With Wolves Suite comprising….

  • The John Dunbar
  • Journey to Fort Sedgewick
  • Two Socks – The Wolf Theme
  • Farewell And Finale


(Running time: approx. 45 minutes)




Born Free

All Time High

Out of Africa

Body Heat


Space March

The Knack

The James Bond Suite comprising…..

  • The James Bond Theme
  • From Russia With Love
  • Thunderball
  • 007
  • You Only Live Twice
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • Diamonds are Forever


(Running time: approx. 55 minutes)

The encore is usually taken from the James Bond Suite.



2 flutes (2nd doubling alto flute)

2 oboes (2nd doubling cor anglais)

2 clarinets

1 alto sax or 2nd clarinet doubling alto sax. A dedicated alto sax would be preferable for the solo in “Body Heat”. In either case, reverb will be needed.

2 bassoons


5 horns (5th horn is a bumper)

4 trumpets

5 trombones (3 tenor and 2 bass)

1 tuba




Timpani and 4 percussion players. Timpani and 5 percussion players would be preferable.

There should be a dedicated kit drummer in addition to the percussion line-up. The kit drummer should be familiar with the James Bond Suite and able to improvise.



Piano (doubling on synth – synth to recreate cimbalom sound)

Celeste (2nd keyboard player – real celeste preferred, if not can be synth)


Strings (minimum):

14 first violins

12 second violins

10 violas

10 cellos

6 double basses (one doubling on bass guitar, and all need the C-string extension)


Amplification required for piano, alto sax, harmonica and cimbalom.

Project Manager

Jeremy Woods (Cambridge)