The film score composer John Barry has been awarded a Classic Brit Award, this news has been announced by the UK’s recorded music association The BPI.
The Classic Brit Award ceremony will be held on Thursday 12th May 2011 at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The award being presented to John Barry will be the Outstanding Contribution to Music award. The award is being made as a contribution of the Classic Brit Award Committee.
Once this award has been presented in memory of Barry the evening will continue with some of the greatest songs created by the individual; these will be performed by The London Chamber Orchestra. The orchestra will feature some of the finest and most respected classical performers within the UK. Organisers of the show have also recently announced that there will be a special performance by Dame Shirley Bassey; she is expected to perform Goldfinger.
John Barry started his career as a classical pianist and was also capable of playing the trumpet, he performed as a musician when he was on National Service within Cyprus. His extensive career of 50 years has seen him create recognisable songs for more than 125 films. Many of these songs which he has created have featured in the James Bond films including Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever, Moonraker and One Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
John’s wife Laura has stated that her husband would be greatly honored by receiving the award. She went on to say that her husband was an advocate of classical musicians and that he helped contribute to the growth of classical music within the UK. His family will now recognise this award as one of his biggest ever achievements.
Once the Classic Brit Awards ceremony has been competed there will be a memorial concert in order to remember the musical genius. Profits which will be raised from this concert will be directed to the John Barry Scholarship for Film Composition. This new scholarship is something that has been created by the Royal College of Music located within London.
The award ceremony will be presented by Myleene Klass and there will be performances from numerous well respected classical artists. Performers include Russell Watson and a production made especially for the ceremony by the Les Miserables.
Tickets for the memorial concert are now on sale.