The Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank near the London Eye will host a concert of music composed by the late Barry Gray for the TV series and films of Gerry Anderson entitled Thunderbirds Are Go! The Barry Gray Centenary Concert in November.
The Thunderbirds March may be the most familiar and famous piece of Gray’s music but he wrote the themes and incidental music for many Anderson TV series from The Adventures Of Twizzle right up to Space:1999, as well as the two Thunderbirds puppet movies, the barely known Gerry Anderson directed B movie Crossroads To Crime and the live action film Doppleganger, which is due to be released on DVD in the UK in September 2008 under its American title of Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun. While best known as a composer Gray also came up with the original idea for the Anderson puppet series Four Feather Falls.
Gerry Anderson will be the special guest for the evening of music performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Francois Evans, and the event will be compared by actor Brian Blessed, no stranger himself to Gerry Anderson productions having appeared in Space:1999 and Into Infinity.A charity event in aid of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, the concert will take place in London’s Royal Festival Hall at 7:30pm on Saturday 8 November 2008 and tickets are now available via the Barry Gray website.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.