Celebrity concert for John Barry

Celebrity musicians and actors will come together to celebrate the life of the late composer John Barry in a concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 20 June.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will perform some of Barry’s best loved film scores, conducted by Nicholas Dodd and joined by soloists including Dame Shirley Bassey, Alfie Boe and Rumer. The evening will also include tributes from friends including Don Black, Timothy Dalton, Sir Michael Caine, Sir George Martin, Sir Michael Parkinson and Sir Tim Rice.

The concert will raise funds for the John Barry Scholarship for Film Composition at the Royal College of Music, London, established by John Barry’s family following his death in January. Students and alumni of the Royal College of Music will also perform in the concert.

John Barry was best known for his music for the James Bond films, but he scored more than 125 films in his lifetime, including Born Free, for which he won two of his five Oscars.

Tickets for the concert go on sale on Friday.