To coincide with the 40th anniversary of ‘Moonraker’, popular British tribute band ‘Q The Music Show’ plans to bring the full musical score to the High Wycombe Swan stage – an endeavour that can only happen with fan support.
While the opinions on the film ‘Moonraker’ differ greatly, the musical score by John Barry is regarded by many as one of the finest in the James Bond series. Yet, due to undisclosed rights issues, there has never been a full release of the score. A previous attempt to record the full score sadly failed in 2015, when a Kickstarter campaign to finance a new “complete” recording, to be undertaken by Nic Raine and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, was canceled shortly after reaching its donation goal. The dream of many fans to hear the full score outside the film was smashed to pieces.
Now, James Bond fans are in for a treat in January next year, as renowned Band, the popular Q The Music Show, are putting on a special concert – performing all the music from Moonraker, to coincide with it’s 40th anniversary on 26th January 2019 at the Wycombe Swan Concert Hall, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire in the United Kingdom.
They are drafting in professional musicians from London to create a 100-piece Orchestra and Choir to recreate all of John Barry’s iconic cues from the 1979 film. As there is only around 50 minutes of music in the film, they will perform the best of the James Bond songs in the second half in true Q The Music style, but with full orchestra.
Because of the nature of this concert, and the huge costs involved, they are crowdfunding it, so tickets have to be purchased by 6th May this year for the concert to go ahead on Saturday 26th January 2019.
Q The Music Show are popular with James Bond fans all around the World thanks to their dedicated and authentic versions of the music and were chosen to perform at Sir Roger Moore’s Memorial Event at Pinewood Studios in October last year. The concert will be compered by Bond girl Madeline Smith and Caroline Munro, who have been working with Q The Music this year on their theatre tour of the UK.
The concert will not be available to buy on recording after the show, and the Moonraker score has never been performed live, so this is a unique opportunity for fans to see it. If the project is a success, Q The Music plan to go on to do a different Barry/Bond score each year.