John Barry and the Music of James Bond with Charles Fernandez

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John Barry and the Music of James Bond with Charles Fernandez

Where did John Barry come from? How did he get his start? How did he wind up scoring 11 bond films over a 25 year period? Come to an afternoon dedicated to John Barry and his Music for the James Bond Films. You’ll here many, many clips from the films. Learn the major traits he used again and again.


John Barry Prendergast, was an English composer and conductor of film music and films.
He composed the scores for eleven of the James Bond films between 1963 and 1987, and also arranged and performed the "James Bond Theme" to the first film in the series, 1962's Dr. No. He wrote the GRAMMY- and Academy Award-winning scores to the films Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa, as well as The Scarlet Letter, The Cotton Club, The Tamarind Seed, Mary, Queen of Scots, Game of Death, and the theme for the British television cult series The Persuaders!, in a career spanning over 50 years. In 1999, he was appointed with an OBE for services to music.

Born in York, Barry spent his early years working in cinemas owned by his father. During his national service with the British Army in Cyprus, Barry began performing as a musician after learning to play the trumpet. Upon completing his national service, he formed his own band in 1957, the John Barry Seven. He later developed an interest in composing and arranging music, making his début for television in 1958. He came to the notice of the makers of the first James Bond film Dr. No, who were dissatisfied with a theme for James Bond given to them by Monty Norman. Noel Rogers the head of music at United Artists approached Barry. This started a successful association between Barry and Bond series that lasted for 25 years.
He received many awards for his work, including five Academy Awards; two for Born Free, and one each for The Lion in Winter (for which he also won the first BAFTA Award for Best Film Music), Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa (both of which also won him GRAMMY Awards). He also received ten Golden Globe Award nominations, winning once for Best Original Score for Out of Africa in 1986. Barry completed his last film score, Enigma, in 2001 and recorded the successful album Eternal Echoes the same year. He then concentrated chiefly on live performances and co-wrote the music to the musical Brighton Rock in 2004 alongside Don Black.
In 2001, Barry became a Fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and, in 2005, he was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Barry was married four times and had four children. He moved to the United States in 1975 and lived there until his death in 2011.


Charles Fernandez is an award-winning, Emmy and Annie-nominated composer, orchestrator, bassoonist, educator and conductor. Hailing from New Orleans, he’s lived in Los Angeles since 1983.

Companies he’s written music for include Disney, Universal, Dreamworks, Amblin, MGM, JUMBO and for shows such as Bonkers, Aladdin, Little Mermaid, Casper, 101 Dalmatians, Toonsylvania, Robot Chicken, Doug and Mixed Nutz. He’s worked on countless trailers, including several James Bond trailers including Casino Royale and Spectre.

As an educator, he teaches at UCLA Extension, The Los Angeles High School of the Arts and through Thinkspace (Based in England).

His concert works and arrangements can be found on YouTube and range from Symphonic to Concert Band to Concerto and Chamber.


Event Date Saturday, July 10, 2021 12:00 pm
Cut off date Saturday, July 10, 2021 3:00 pm
Individual Price Free
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