007 TESTIMONIALS - BOND TRIBUTE BAND EVENTS & CONCERTS
THE TIMES (BRITISH NATIONAL NEWSPAPER) 2019
“Review: The James Bond Concert Spectacular at the Adelphi, WC2
This band are simply stunning. Over almost three hours they play all but one of the Bond themes, pretty faithfully and pretty much in order
Blofeld, Oddjob and Daniel Craig doppelgängers hover by the doors as more than a thousand James Bond fans file into this West End debut from the tribute band Q the Music. Is this going to be a fond, but slightly naff fan event? A musical sop for those of us crossing off the days on our wall until Craig’s Bond returns to the big screen in a year’s time?
No, the title is right: this is a spectacular evening. In how it sounds more than how it looks, because this dinner-suited 25-piece band are not endorsed by the films’ producers, so have no footage to which to play. A couple of female dancers sometimes flank the singers Kerry Schultz and Matthew Walker, but when they go out of sync, as they do in their feather headdresses during Diamonds are Forever, it all looks a bit Hi-de-Hi!.
Musically, though, this band — expanded on this night to include a 15-piece horn section — are simply stunning. Over almost three hours they play all but one of the Bond themes, pretty faithfully and pretty much in order, from 1962 to 2016. Hitting John Barry’s Sixties hot streak of songs and soundtracks, they bring out all the power and panache in his mix of beat pop, classical strings and big-band jazz.
The former Bond actresses Madeline Smith (Live and Let Die) and Caroline Bliss (Miss Moneypenny to Timothy Dalton’s 007) read out scripted intros to the songs. It’s a slightly stiff format. Still, a tribute to Roger Moore proves oddly touching. When it’s followed by the bandleader Warren Ringham and his three fellow trumpeters coming downstage to play the horn rejoinders at the end of Nobody Does it Better, it’s bittersweet bliss.
The downside to the chronological approach is that, even with Madonna’s theme to Die Another Day pointedly excluded, the music sags during the Pierce Brosnan era. Yet the second half has some of the show’s highlights: the wonderful Schultz sings the living daylights out of Licence to Kill, and performs Writing on the Wall better than Sam Smith did.
The guitarist Jon Wright wah-wahs his way through the Seventies and rocks his way through the Noughties. The drummer Lee Aaron keeps the sound jaunty as well as lush. What a joyful evening. It’s hard to imagine this music being served better”
007 Magazine Review 2019
Produced by the show’s musical director, Warren Ringham, Q The Music’s concert at the Adelphi Theatre was a fabulously entertaining evening. Performing on a West End stage for the first time most certainly drew the best from all involved; vocalist Kerry Schultz’s rendition of ‘Licence To Kill’ was the most memorable and exciting live performance of the song I’ve heard to date, while Matt Walker’s voice was totally suited to belt out the masculine Bond title songs. Combining these two dynamic vocalists in duets for ‘Live And Let Die’, ‘The Living Daylights’ and ‘You Know My Name’ was an inspired idea that worked exceptionally well. Backed by ballsy brass and svelte string sections, with added florid flute solos, Sunday night’s James Bond Concert Spectacular lived up to its name in every regard.
Graham Rye – Editor & Publisher 007 MAGAZINE (1979-2019)
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MILAN FASHION SHOW 2017
Dear Q The Music,
Thank you very much for the magnificent performance of the James Bond Bond at the BILLIONAIRE Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show during Milan's Men's fashion week. We could never have set the right mood for the show without your precious collaboration. I hope we will have the opportunity to work together in the future.
PHILIPP PLEIN GROUP
"They say that John Barry's music was to James Bond films what hair was to Samson.
If that is the case, Q The Music Show - James Bond Tribute Band's concert make its tight, cohesive sound as strong as any orchestra.
A hugely entertaining revue by charismatic musicians with evocative vocal renditions which encapsulates the glamour of Bondian classics and breathes vibrant new life into lesser known Bond gems, Q The Music Show impossibly captures that Big Bond sound from from Barry and beyond. Where all other Bond concerts end, Q The Music Show begins! "
The James Bond International Fan Club
CORPORATE EVENT - LONDON
"Hi Q The Music, Apologies, I've been meaning to email you the last few days but I've been busy. The band were INCREDIBLE! Everyone loved them.. Please pass on our sincere thanks to the each of them, they really made the party what it was and had everyone up dancing. I have even been asked to forward your details to one of our clients so hopefully you'll get some repeat business from it. Many thanks,Dulcie"Spectrecom Studios
BOND THEME WEDDING - LAKE DISTRICT
"Hi Q The Music, We booked Q The Music Show to perform at our wedding reception. They did a James Bond set before dinner during the canapés, followed by party music after the dinner and for the evening entertainment. The band were absolutely amazing and made the wedding reception fantastic. We have had so many compliments from our wedding guests about the music and the band. I would not have changed anything about the performance as the band were great. On top of the great music, all the band members were extremely friendly and polite to our guests and were overall very professional. Lucy Morris (if you need to quote my name).’ Many thanks, Lucy"
CORPORATE EVENT - SWITZERLAND
"Hi Q The Music, The event went very well. We receive very good feedback for the band. Many thanks, it all worked out perfectly. Best regards, Anita Beiner - Suebo AG"
"Hi Q The Music, It was a fantastic night! You certainly didn't disappoint and had some fantastic feedback that everybody loved the band. Would love to book you for my party next year and think the 10 piece again would work great and we can always sort everything else nearer the time. Hope you have a well earned rest today after all that travelling and the late night! Thanks again and kind regards. Angela Williams - Overgate Hospice"
CORPORATE EVENT - LONDON
"Hi Q The Music, The Conference is now over so back in the office sorting everything out. The band were brilliant so thank you so much for all your help and please pass on my thanks again to everyone. Thanks Caryn Lobley - Alcon"
ON THE TRACKS OF 007MARTIJN MULDER
"Dear Warren, I would like to thank you and your band members for the amazing performance during my website’s 20th anniversary James Bond party, on October 25th 2015 at the Pinewood Hotel. Performing the complete catalogue of James Bond theme songs in front of an audience of 100 Bond connoisseurs, fan club presidents, magazine editors and Bond music lovers from around the world must have given you some sleepless nights, but I can tell you the verdict was unanimous: The best performance of theme songs we ever witnessed! It was an awesome show and I can only congratulate you with the group of talented people you have formed around you. The way you guys nailed those songs was simply amazing. I have never heard the words “Better than the original” more often in one evening than during my event. So once again, thank you so much for all the work you put in to it. I will surely recommend Q The Music to all my friends from the James Bond fan community, as I am sure whoever books your band will have the most fabulous James Bond tribute band imaginable during his or her event. Fans will not be disappointed! Looking forward to working with you again in the future, all the best, Martijn Mulder Onthetracksof007.com"
CORPORATE EVENT - MONTE CARLO
"Your band was incredible! Your huge selection of iconic James Bond theme songs made our 007-themed gala come alive, and added a new level of energy to the night. The variety of vocal and instrument talent and the perfect choice of dance songs at the end, set Q the Music apart from any others I’ve heard. Thanks for taking our event to a new level! Annette Gregg, CMP CMM MBA LPL Financial
I cannot thank you enough for your professionalism in both the time leading up to the event as well as everything that took place on the day of the performance. I still cannot believe you were able to get so many people up dancing. Your performance was outstanding from start to finish and is the main reason this event will be talked about for years to come. You set the bar so high, I have no idea how we’re going to top this next year. Brian Struss Maritz Travel Company "
EX BOND PRODUCTION MANAGER - CASINO ROYALE, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, SKYFALL - TERRY BAMBER
"I have been a fan of James Bond music since I was 8. I book to see every concert, every tribute. I even flew to New York to see The famous Losers' Lounge tribute to John Barry and James Bond. I have not missed one Carl Davis show BUT the Band and the show that tops them all is Q The Music 's wonderful journey through the Bond catalogue. Magnificent singing and arrangements so true to the originals but electrifying 'modern' literally blow the audience away. The show is seamless with a witty and suave Compere that makes the evening a complete entertainmentThis is a Band and a show that will convert you to a James Bond music fan (even if you didn't think you would be)007 may be the theme but the score is 0010 out of 10 for this terrific show. I will never be able to thank you all enough for tonight.The sheer brilliance alone is beyond words but the performance of you all and a most fantastic Compere made this a perfect night I cannot wait to meet you all again I am almost in tears as I write this. You all surpassed my wildest dreams Terry"
Former Production Manager and crew on; The Man With The Golden Gun, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace & Skyfall.
SUMMER BALL - SURREY
"I wanted to say thank you on behalf of of Laurie and myself for providing us with such superb entertainment when your band played for us at our recent party. The feedback from our guests has been tremendous. We loved the "Bond set" and when you started to play as the casino was revealed, the effect was amazing. The second set provided us with a great selection of very varied music which was well received. Your diverse abilities to play and sing such great songs was just brilliant. We regularly hold functions at our home so I very much look forward to a return visit by yourself and fellow band members. Kind regards,Sheila Hatcher 2013
BIRTHDAY PARTY - SURREY
Dear Q The Music Thank you so much for once again providing such excellent entertainment for my recent birthday party. Such a superb, fantastic, tremendously entertaining cabaret - my guests thought it was brilliant, the feedback from them had been tremendous and the way you moved from one style into the party music later, led my guests to believe we had two different bands! The band members are so talented and diverse and provide music for all tastes. My evening was perfect and I shall always recall the party. The very glamorous dancers proved to be a very popular point in the evening so please thank them for me. We regularly hold functions at our home and my guests love the element of surprise I always try to provide for them, each time I try to think of something everyone will enjoy and you guys always hit the spot, so I very much look forward to a return visit by your band. Good luck to all in the future, Sheila Hatcher – Birthday Party July 2014 "
BOND THEME WEDDING - SURREY
"To Q The Music, We would like to thank you for having made our wedding so special. Absolutely everybody commented on how great the band was and that you were the best band they had ever heard. Alex and I could not stop smiling from the moment you started to play and thank you again. We hope we can come and see you play again soon! Thank you so much. Kristina and Alex - Wedding in Surrey"
WWW.JAMESBONDLIFESTYLE.COM - REMMERT VAN BRAAM
"“Q The Music Show is a thrilling and entertaining band that brings the Bond classics we know so well in an original way while staying very close to the original. I particularly liked the rawness of “The Man With The Golden Gun” and the amazing instrumental Bond 77. The band members clearly enjoy what they’re doing and so does the audience”. Remmert Van Braam - Bond Lifestylewww.jamesbondlifestyle.com
GERMAN BOND FAN CLUB - WOLFGANG THURAUF
"The Concert at the Pinewood Hotel of Q Music was fantastic. Very strong and brilliant interpretation with two great Singers. It made me more excited awaiting the new James Bond Film! Wonderful Concert”. Wolfgang Thurauf - German James Bond Fan Clubwww.james-bond-club.de
THE ESSENTIAL JAMES BOND - CINEMA RETROLEE PFEIFFER
"Q The Music is quite simply the greatest 007 tribute band imaginable. Some of the songs actually sound even better than the original versions. The band provides a flawless evening of superb entertainment- a class act worthy of Mr. Bond himself”. Lee Pfeiffer - Cinema Retrowww.cinemaretro.com
NORWEGIAN BOND FAN CLUB - MORTEN STEINGRIMSEN
"I had high expectations and I was not disappointed . The band made an excellent performance!”. Morten Steingrimsen - Norwegian James Bond Fan Clubwww.jamesbondnorge.no
WWW.BONDPOSTERS.COM - DUNCAN CARTER
"On 25th October I and almost 100 others had the pleasure of sitting down to an evening of Bond hosted by that inimitable photo bomber and author of the superb book On the tracks of 007... Martijn Mulder. We started the evening with an excellent dinner then, after a short interlude, were introduced by Bond lover and self-deprecating compare, Terry Bamber to the wonderful, Q The Music Show. Having never heard of them before the 13 piece band began playing Bond music I must admit I didn’t know what to expect. It’s strange how sometimes we wait in the audience gazing into the unknown thinking, ‘Oh yea, more near enough music!’ Yet when the first few chords electrify your ears you stop what you are thinking and give the musicians your full on attention. Well that’s what we had! The singers Kerry Shultz and Matthew Ford sang a myriad of Bond songs to well-deserved rapturous applause. The animated guitarist David D’Andrade sang only one song, You Know my Name and it was brilliant! I think I can honestly say they are the best Bond tribute band I have ever had the pleasure of seeing and listening to… if you get an opportunity to see them just take some time out, occasionally close your eyes and listen to quality musician’s at their best..” Duncan Carter - Bond Posterswww.bondposters.com
WWW.CINEMARETRO.COM - DAVE WORRALL
"Last weekend (Saturday 22nd March) I had the pleasure of being invited to Jean and Dickie Bamber's Diamond Wedding anniversary celebrations held at Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios. Dickie has worked in the film industry for over 50 years on productions such as Genevieve, The Ipcress File, Thunderball, Battle of Britain, A Bridge Too Far and many of the Carry On comedies, to name but a few. Their son Terry, himself a veteran of the industry, and who I first met on the set of the James Bond film GoldenEye, did his parent's proud. Following a champagne reception we dined in the Pinewood house restaurant (remember the scene in Who Dares Wins where the hostages are held around a dining table in the US Ambassador's residence? Well, we were in the same room.) The evening's cabaret was provided by the 13-piece band 'Q the Music' who specialize in performing music from the James Bond films. From Dr. No to Skyfall, this mini-orchestra performed some of the best cover versions I have ever heard. They were brilliant. Bond fans themselves, their renditions of even the instrumentals such as 'Bond 77' from The Spy Who Loved Me and 'Runaway' from For Your Eyes Only, were spot on. Kit Mlynar on saxaphone, and David D'Andrade on guitar, were excellent, as was lead vocalist Kerry Schultz. Wow, what a voice. This was professionalism at its best. Lead vocalist Kerry Schultz sure belts out a Bond hit song! If you are a James Bond fan, or simply like to hear movie music live, I highly recommend this band. In fact, they are at The Lincoln Drill Hall on April 18/19, and in Wycombe on May 11th. Check out their web site for further details and treat yourself to a fabulous night out. www.QTheMusicShow.com..” Dave Worrall - Cinema Retrowww.cinemaretro.com
DO YOU EXPECT US TO TALK (PODCAST) - REBECCA ANDREWS
"Absolutely sublime, just phenominal. I think Q The Music are just incredible. I was speaking to friends after the show - the music of Bond encompasses so many different genres; Pop, Rock, Jazz, Classical and Q The Music does them all and Warren (band manager) I think is just an amazing person. I'm a huge fan of Sam Smith, but Kerry's version of Writing's On The Wall is way better. I also thought the rocking version of You Know My Name was absolutely stonking, really amazing, and I now have a renewed appreciation for The Living Daylights. They brought their own flavour to the songs and improved on some of them as well! Rebecca Andrews - Do You Expect Us To Talk? - James Bond Podcastwww.facebook.com/ExpectUsToTalk
JAMES BOND FAN CLUB BRAZIL - MARCOS KONTZE
"The band was amazing. I really loved the Spectre theme song - it was amazing! My favourite was Surrender (from Tomorrow Never Dies)" Marcos Kontze - James Bond Brasilwww.jamesbondbrasil.com
JAMES BOND RADIO - CHRIS WRIGHT & TOM SEARS
"We were nervous this was one of those things where you had to pretend they are really good, and they are not really - but we sat there and we were like, this is actually amazing, once they hit On Her Majesty's Secret Service (8th track), it was literally amazing all the way home. We even thought The Man With The Golden Gun was better than the original - the performance out did the original in our eyes. The energy was there, they played off each other so well and we both even had tears in our eyes at some points. Then they did Writings On The Wall - only their second ever performance of it - and Kerry rocked it, she nailed it, I had a real tear in my eye. It was beautiful, it really was fantastic. The ending of the first half, where the brass section come out to the front of the stage in Nobody Does It Better, that's a real show ender, a real climax." Chris Wright & Tom Sears - James Bond Radiowww.jamesbondradio.com
SWEDISH BOND FAN CLUB - ANDERS FREJDH
"Nobody does (or has done) it better than [Q The Music Show] when it comes to recreating the original sound of the extraordinary music featured in the James Bond films, a vital part in any cinematic adventure. I was totally blown away by the talent demonstrated by the band and its artists after hearing them live in concert. Thank you for a truly unforgettable performance.” Anders Frejdh - From Sweden With Lovewww.jamesbond007.se
AUSTRIAN BOND FAN CLUB - GERNOT WOLF
"We really enjoyed the On The Tracks Of 007 event, a wonderful evening with a fantastic music band. Classic Bond songs are always something special, but especially when they are so well presented. In particular the new Spectre theme song "Writing's On The Wall" was so much better performed than the original. Thank you for the great entertainment." Gernot Wolf - Austrian James Bond Fan Clubwww.atw.cc/007
WWW.BRITMOVIETOURS.COM - LEWIS SWAN
"I can say hand on heart I thoroughly enjoyed the show. The band captured the spirit of the Bond songs perfectly and felt really authentic. I liked all the little touches including the guitar riffs, muffles trumpets and of course the great singing. I really enjoyed the whole performance and would strongly recommend to anyone who has the chance to see your show.." Lewis Swan - Brit Movie Tourswww.britmovietours.com
WWW.THEMEPARTYPEOPLE.COM - RICHARD SKILLMAN"Warren Ringham heads up an incredible band, Q The Music Show, which many (including myself) were fortunate to hear at the On The Tracks of 007 Anniversary bash at Pinewood.. they are a must see, certainly a must-hear for us in the States!.." Richard Skillman - Theme Party Peoplewww.themepartypeople.com
Q THE MUSIC CONCERT, Wycombe SWAN/OLD TOWN HALL, 11 MAY 2014 - Review by Alan Gibbs.
This was one of several public events this busy orchestra has in 2014: normally they play at upmarket private functions, like corporate events / launches and on cruise ships. This orchestra covers the main titles to the James Bond movies. That character is deeply embedded into the British psyche, has its genesis in the Cold War, and embodied escapism into fantasy for audiences. The music is pretty good too, each movie included a major artist or group of its period, so audiences actually hear the evolution of popular music along with the pieces written for each movie.
This was also the nearest of the venues to me, hence unmissable.
It is through the drummer, Lee Aaron, whom I’ve extensively seen at other performances with other artists, that I’m connected. I’d already viewed the new website, www.qthemusicshow.com and hence listened to some of the material. It’s easily obvious the players are top professionals and the vocalist, Kerry Schultz, has a superlative voice and delivery.
The website and their CD, ‘Rebonded,’ which has 13 of the total of 23 James Bond movie main titles, refers to the “band”. By orchestral standards, it is small, 12 instruments, but I’ve used that word to describe the sound and style of delivery. The vocalist Kerry Schultz completes the line-up of 13.
We had: 6 brass instrumentalists, led by the band’s founding member and musical director, Warren Ringham and, who as needed conducted his section. These were on stage left. With them, a percussionist, Matthew Walker, who also serves as one of the shows principal vocalists as well as delivering a string of backing vocals throughout the show.
In the centre, a staircase down which the 2 vocalists would arrive; more later.
Just to stage right of the staircase, on guitar David D’Andrade. Depending on the date of the movie, and the original composition, he’d play various guitar parts, styles and solos where appropriate. Just behind him, Lee Aaron on drums. Into stage right limit, the bassist and 2 keyboardists – one of which covers Strings almost exclusively throughout the show, which really gives you the impression and sound of an orchestra.
Both Kerry Schultz and David D’Andrade I’d seen guesting at a Lee Aaron Band performance: both were as vocalists, and both not just superb singers but both truly professional in delivery. Tonight however we had Matthew Walker as a dedicated male vocalist covering male vocals, with Kerry the female songs. As we now know, David D’Andrade usually covers “You Know My Name” as the lead vocalist, but we were informed by the MC he was “under the weather” so Kerry and Matthew stepped into his shoes to deliver a rousing duet of the song.
The show included an entertaining MC, to provide the background, jokes, anecdotes and relevant information. With 23 “official” Bond movies so far, there are plenty of details to choose from!
The venue is a Victorian concert hall and meeting hall, but was fine for a relatively subdued orchestra. The band had contracted PA technician who controlled the mixers via an iPad, while walking about the floor. You could hear every instrument - although I thought the trumpet solos [2 trumpeters] playing into microphones would have helped.
The MC took us through the movies chronologically: thankfully this was not ‘spot the movie’, instead an informed introduction for each upcoming number. Commencing with ‘the’ James Bond Theme [the gun barrel and blood sequence, the music is by Monty Norman, orchestrated by, the great & late John Barry, with the guitar riff], first used in Doctor No. Then the main titles of the movies in date order followed
The band did 2 sets, and all of the 23 main titles were played, with some upbeat and exciting chase music from a couple of the films. That said, I wasn’t counting and anything after ‘Octopussy’ is all new to me!
Understandably, the vocalists were the main attraction to the audience. Kerry Schultz has brilliant pitch, sustain and vibrato and, although no expert on vocalists, I’d say on a par with Shirley Bassey. You’d think she was a real Bond main title vocalist. Matthew Walker had equal brilliance. I recall Matt Munro’s voice from his various chart hits as well as James Bond main title singer, but tonight, it was Matt Munro but in the flesh. I can see why this band are so in demand for upmarket events: we have top quality & total professionalism.
I'm so glad I attended, what with petrol and ticket, around £20 total cost, but a chance in almost a lifetime. We public at Old Town Hall concert essentially saw and heard what normally only exclusive attendees at private and corporate functions see and hear. And, relative to current prices what with costs of tour buses, sound crew etc, anything up to £20 per ticket is reasonable for the provinces.
Ladies and Gentlemen, if this band or show is performing near you, this is really a night out you must not miss, and truly, as much as the phrase is so easily used: total value for money.
IN MARCH 2014, WE PERFORMED AT PINEWOOD STUDIOS (WHERE ALL THE BOND FILMS HAVE BEEN MADE) AND AT THE EVENT WAS DAVE WORRALL. MR. WORRALL, AS WELL AS BEING ONE OF THE EDITORS OF CINEMA RETRO MAGAZINE, WAS CO-AUTHOR OF "THE ESSENTIAL BOND" - ONE OF THE BEST SELLING JAMES BOND FACT BOOKS OF ALL TIME:
By Dave Worrall:
Last weekend (Saturday 22nd March) I had the pleasure of being invited to Jean and Dickie Bamber's Diamond Wedding anniversary celebrations held at Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios. Dickie has worked in the film industry for over 50 years on productions such as Genevieve, The Ipcress File, Thunderball, Battle of Britain, A Bridge Too Far and many of the Carry On comedies, to name but a few. Their son Terry, himself a veteran of the industry, and who I first met on the set of the James Bond film GoldenEye, did his parent's proud. Following a champagne reception we dined in the Pinewood house restaurant (remember the scene in Who Dares Wins where the hostages are held around a dining table in the US Ambassador's residence? Well, we were in the same room.)
The evening's cabaret was provided by the 13-piece band 'Q the Music' who specialize in performing music from the James Bond films. From Dr. No to Skyfall, this mini-orchestra performed some of the best cover versions I have ever heard. They were brilliant. Bond fans themselves, their renditions of even the instrumentals such as 'Bond 77' from The Spy Who Loved Me and 'Runaway' from For Your Eyes Only, were spot on. Kit Mlynar on saxaphone, and David D'Andrade on guitar, were excellent, as was lead vocalist Kerry Schultz. Wow, what a voice. This was professionalism at its best.
Lead vocalist Kerry Schultz sure belts out a Bond hit song!
If you are a James Bond fan, or simply like to hear movie music live, I highly recommend this band. In fact, they are at The Lincoln Drill Hall on April 18/19, and in Wycombe on May 11th. Check out their web site for further details and treat yourself to a fabulous night out. www.QTheMusicShow.com
One of the best nights of my life at pinewood studios watching Q The Music. I dare say I shall be ranting about just how good this band is but although I can use words they aren't enough. Kerry Schultz I know well after a few gigs together but I now believe she has to be the best singer this country has produced for many years. Well done Warren Ringham for years of dedicated work to put it all together. Go to the show. That is all.
SHOW COMMENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
John Morgan: Great show last night guys!!! Thanks for a superb performance.
Pete Allsop: thoroughly enjoyed the show last night
Miles Winterburn: A great night
Phil Stokes: great show last night. ive never seen a big band before and thoroughly enjoyed it. please comeback to lincoln soon so I can bring some friends. thanks again you are all very talented
Jacky McGrath: Just seen you in Drill Hall. It was brilliant. Thank you for a wonderful show.
Gary Templeman: Really enjoyed tonight's show guys and gals...
Steve Salt: 'Twas fabulous tonight guys.
Malcolm Goodman: For those of you who live around the Lincoln area who were not at the Drill Hall this evening you have really missed something special. A fantastic show given by Q The Music - a Bond tribute band, but such a description doesn't do them justice as they are as slick and professional as the musicians you hear on the film soundtracks - truly amazing, and managed by Warren Ringham they will go far. Be sure to get tickets early when they next perform as all who hear them are truly amazed - outstanding professional musicians, all of them.
To the Band,
We, my wife and myself, made a special visit to Hever on 10th August to see the band. We are not particularly Bond film fans, but are most definitely into 'Big Band'. We had not heard of this band before.
This band was most definitely 'Big Band' and the 6 piece brass section (reed included) made as tight and as broad a sound as we've heard for a long time. The trumpet figures were accurate and punchy and the stabs spot on. The tuning was impeccable. For a change, the bass trombone added the depth and timbre so frequently missing in other bands, a real treat to hear this instrument played so well. The french horn added warmth. A treat to hear a band which is truly 'big', not in numbers, but in attack.
The support and counterpoint was of course provided by the excellent rhythm section, all of whom were first class. They added much more than mere rhythm. Pace and tempi underscored every item. In all a brilliant display of musicianship. No doubt the scores have been played numerous times, but the band still looked enthusiastic and clearly striving for the best results.
The charts were impressive, true to the originals and in certain cases to my mind superior. Early Bond music, especially the incidental, was to my ear thinly scored. No such shortcoming with the present pad. Our compliments to the arranger.
The singers (not my bag usually) were outstanding, and Kerry Schultz especially delivered a very demanding repertoire with power and accuracy. Her vocal stamina was exceptional, her personality catching. Your polished 'MC' set the scene and linked the pieces in a particularly adept way.
Thanks for a great evening, we could have sat thro' it all again. We stood to applaud at the finale, a first for us both !
Best Regards;John and Angie Childs.
David Fowells: Hi to you all, Just seen you at Hever castle tonight. Have been a bond fan all my life. Thought the show was fantastic. Bond 77 is my favourite song. It proves to me that bond music lives for ever. A life long fan
Tracy-Ann Kitching: Great show tonight thank you. Please bring your 13 piece band back to Eastbourne and play the Congress.
Jean-Luc Gagne: Thanks for a fantastic show
Jan Lowe: Was at The Gordon Craig Theatre last night and what a fantastic show. Every one was great but a special mention to David A^ndrade, what a talent. It was obvious they all loved what they were doing and that made it all the more enjoyable. A nice touch that when we came out of the auditorium was that they were all there to chat to. Truly magic
Helen Moye: Great concert tonight in Stevenage. You deserved to have a packed theatre.....but that's Stevenage for you. A bit of a late night for the children, but they thoroughly enjoyed it and as musicians themselves they really appreciated your talent. Thank you
Amy Murphy: Thanks so much for taking the time to reply; after your performance last night you guys must be exhausted. Wow! What a show!! I wish I'd bought my camera - I am a part time photographer and would love to have captured you guys in action .... next time. No fear, I shall be spreading the word and I will be seeing you again soon (with my cameras)! Please give our best wishes and huge congratulations to everyone in the band - you were amazing! PS. One thing that really struck me as making you guys stand out from the crowd was as we left your vocalists and Warren I think, were talking to people as we left and thanking everyone for coming. This really impressed me and I've never seen other performers get this personal with their audiences, so again, well done and thanks for a great night! See you soon
Richard Mole: Hi ... can you let me know where / when your next public show is? Eastbourne was amazing! Many thanks. Richard
Tony Weeks: Thank you for such a wonderful evening in Eastbourne in August. Can't wait to see you, all, again!
Paul Jamieson: It started 10/10 and got better, wow loving this. One of the best nights I've had...my wife was in tears twice - amazing. Q The Music rocks!
Hugh Potter: Amazing stuff, thanks so much to Q The Music for a brilliant evening.
Lazlo Pathfinder: I was at Fleet for tonight's show what an amazing night of entertainment, everything was spot on. We were sat close enough to see the interaction between all the band members and the singers, the little glances and smiles between you all. It really was a great show and it was the first of many we will come and see. Thank you all so much.
Alan More: Amazing performance of Q The Music at the Harlington this sunday. Not only we had the full band plus a bunch of lovely strings, but also premiere live versions of the Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and blasting Backseat Driver instrumental. A DVD release expected in January - highly recommended.
Terry Bamber: It shouldn't be Q The Music, it should be M for Magnificent, what a superb entertainment. Best day I've had in years.
Rebecca Andrews: Well done on another fantastic show! Another belter :)congratulations on Backseat Driver, a superb debut.
Brian Dobson: Totally concur with Becca. Awesome evening and backseat driver was very impressive. Very well done.
Richard Neves: Really amazing, dedicated and enthusiastic group of musicians. Get the stream.
Mark Stay: Terrific arrangements, with such a great ear for detail that would satisfy even the nerdiest Bond fan, awesome voices, outstanding brass, keys and strings, a tight-as-a-nut rhythm section, and a housetrained Guitarist...You're up there with the best tribute bands, and I sincerely hope you'll be packing out the Albert Hall soon. Thanks for a great night.
Andy Crowson: Absolutely fantastic, thanks for a great night. Nobody Does It Better!! - bet you never heard that before!
John Hughes: Fabulous evening - superb music played, sung and presented superbly. If you love James Bond music you'll love this show.
Jason Carr: Fabulous show Q The Music were fantastic, congrats Warren and the ridiculously talented band.
Geoff Walker: Watching Q The Music - tribute to James Bond. I must say extremely impressed with the show. The hard work has paid off, thoroughly well done.
Reuben Wakeman: A truly outstanding evening of entertainment courtesy of Q The Music. If you haven't seen them live, do it, you won't be disappointed.
Alan Gibbs: Superb concert, brilliant performance, this orchestra are a must see.
Jo Miller: Great show, go see them if you get chance. By far the best James Bond tribute I've seen. Amazing talented musicians.
Michael Welsh: Just home from a fantastic night. If you love Bond or love music you must see this band. Incredible. Blown away.
Claires Allotment: Just seen Q The Music. Brilliant, absolutely amazing! Whether you're a Bond fan or just like good music.
Garry Woodley: Absolutely amazing, the best live music we have ever seen, left us shaken and stirred, incredible performance!
Alice Hughes: It was such a fantastic show you made a sound that every Bond composer would be proud of, great atmosphere, you guys are a seriously talented bunch. Can't wait to see you again next year.
Jon Davies: I came to see your show at The Harlington in Fleet, I have to say it was absolutely fabulous: can't believe you even played Surrender! Your singer Kerry is amazing and I loved Matthew's version of From Russia With Love and Thunderball. Thanks for such a great evening's entertainment and I look forward to coming to see you again.
Simon Gardner: Absolutely superb night in Fleet last night watching these guys. They deserve so much credit as they are awesome live. A night to remember!
Tony Weeks: What an awesome night thank you Warren and your amazing band.
Graham Malvern (cousin of Madeline Smith): Absolutely fantastic, please pass on our thanks to all involved especially Kerry for a brilliant night of all things Bond.
Matthew Cheesebrough: Brilliant show, the band were superb. Special mention to the sound guys Tim and Chris for mixing a great balanced performance. Kerry, Matt & David really are World class musicians who delivered spectacular vocals. "Awesome" really doesn't do the nights entertainment justice.
Gill Foreman: What a wonderful evening the music was great and what a voice Kerry has got. It was lovely meeting everyone.
James Smith: Fantastic show, loved every minute.
Sally & Mick: What a fantastic show, thoroughly enjoyed it. Great to see you and Kerry.
Mike Smith: The show was absolutely awesome, please come to Chichester festival theatre soon.
Madeline Smith: Oh what a magical evening, the music and singing was absolutely breathtaking and I cannot think of an evening I have enjoyed more. I shall be spreading the word far and wide!
Simon Godwin: Phenomenal night, well done all.
Johnny Bunn: Fabulous show. Should be on in the West End! Congrats to all of you, especially Kerry Schultz
Sid Man: It was awesome. I saw a massive grin on your face the whole night.
Darren Noble: What more would anyone want from a night out? Goosebumps & sweaty eyes all night long...even seeing the mic stand being placed at the front of the stage ready for the solo on We Have All The Time In The World set me off. Congratulations to all involved.
Minky Blankey: It was amazing.
Andrew Moul: Well done last night the whole band were amazing.
Ricky Ticky: My lady and I had the incredible experience watching you all for the very first time! It was for us one of the best evenings we have had for years and can't wait to see you all next time!
Fraser Lockley: I saw QTM for the first time in Fleet last night and can honestly say they blew me away with their energy, professionalism and obvious enthusiasm for the music of Bond. If you get the opportunity to visit one of their shows you won't be disappointed! 10/10 all day long.
Laura Scanlan: I attended last night's performance it was simply wow. Kerry was just outstanding and the orchestra blew me away. Highly recommend and so looking forward to seeing you all again.
Carl Chandler: You guys blew me away, it was awesome.
Thelma Blankley: Brilliant night out.
Gavin Sharkey Bailey: It was perfect.
Fiona Jamieson: A quite outstanding show last night. I was moved to tears on more than one occasion. A 10 hour round trip worth making. You guys should and will be filling much bigger venues - look forward to the next one.
Lisa Vulger: The sound was out of this world.
I’ve just seen the DVD preview of Kerry singing "Nobody does it better" which was part of the live show you performed at the Harlingen Theatre back in November. As a result I thought I would drop you a line as I was lucky enough to be there on the night and coincidentally sat next to Kerry’s family who were in the audience. Can I first of all say that I enjoyed the show immensely. This was not the first time I had seen you perform for I happened to be in Eastbourne last year when you played at the Bandstand. It was there that I got to hear about the show you were planning in November at the Harlingen Theatre where you intend to include a string section to the band. Anyhow can I say that you and the rest of your band certainly "pulled out all the stops" that night. The show was incredible. It exceeded all my expectations. I enjoyed it so much so that I pre-ordered the DVD that you are about to release and which I look forward to receiving. But can I add that if the preview excerpt that you released of the show is anything to go by then I can’t wait to receive my copy of the full show.
Once again thank you and your fellow musicians for a memorable night. Best wishes for the future.
P.S. Just to let you know that I have already booked a seat for your forthcoming show at Camberley Theatre in December. So I hope to see you there.
P. P. S. I thought your bands rendition of "Writing on the Wall" is much much better that the original. Keep up the good work.
We were also in the audience at Eastbourne Bandstand last year when they announced the Fleet show, we live locally to Fleet and went, agree with the letter it was totally amazing. In one of the photos taken you can actually see us, all be it our backs! Keep up the good work.
Extraordinary from start to finish. An exemplary collection of musicians who not only understand & appreciate the music of Bond, but in many cases surpass it. Terrific renditions of the classic themes, and some bonus soundtrack/incidental music you simply will not hear anywhere else. Highly recommended whether you're a James Bond fan or not. Be sure to check them out, it's kiss kiss bang bang all the way!
The one and only James Bond tribute band. The whole show was superb from the first second to the last. Atmosphere was electric. A must for any bond fan, even people who don't like the bond themes will be so entertained. 5stars excellent. 10/10
We have seen the outstanding spectacle that is 'Q The Music Show' on two occasions. The choreography of the show as well as the talented musicians and vocalists is incredibly professional and a pleasure to watch. Warren has taken the legacy left by his father and has put absolutely every ounce of talent and energy into producing the show. A bond fan or not this is an incredible theatrical experience for all.
I have seen Q The Music a few times now. Both in Eastbourne and Fleet. They are an exceptional band who can turn their musical skill to any style. Kerry, Matt and David are excellent vocalists, some of the renditions they perform make the hairs stand up on the back of my neck every time. I look forward to each and every show!!
I saw Q the music last year in Fleet and i can honestly say i was blown away with the show!!!
If youre a Bond fan or even if youre not you will LOVE seeing them perform.
The music and vocals are spot on.
If you are lucky enough to catch them on tour you will not be dissappointed!
Went to see Warren Ringham's band play in Fleet late last year and it was up there with one of the finest gigs I've ever been to. I'm a music nut and I've seen a lot of live music - From the Sex Pistols to Kraftwerk, from The Jam to Jazz. However, I grew up on John Barry and have listened to Bond music since the age of 007 when I first saw Diamonds Are Forever. I was a little dubious about how good QTM would be after seeing another orchestra play some Bond tunes on the South Bank a year earlier - On that occasion I was massively disappointed despite having the added Bond cred of having Fiona Fullerton (A View to A Kill) compere the evening. I just felt that their collective hearts weren't in it, a feeling that was soon dispelled as soon as I saw QTM light up the night in Fleet. They were absolutely amazing - running through a near full catalogue of Bond themes and some choice incidental pieces. It seems unfair to exclude anyone from praise as the entire band were monumental. However, QTM's two principal singers are about as good as it gets working through some of John Barry's vocally tricksy tunes with note perfect style. Notably (for me), standouts included From Russia with Love, You Only Live Twice, Licence To Kill and Writings On The Wall - which was frankly better than Sam Smith's original. The other star player is QTM's dashing guitarist, giving the sound edge and grit. My favourite tune of the night was my beloved On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The descending, bowel-shaking bass synth of the intro was worth the price of admission alone (a cliche I'm happy to use here!). The sense of occasion was heightened by the presence of Madeline Smith (Live & Let Die) and Caroline Munro (Spy Who Loved Me), two of the most sensational Bond girls being in the audience and saying hi to people after the show. All told, this Bond fan left a very happy man. I've already bought my tickets for QTM's Xmas show in Camberley at the end of the year - and I would urge anyone, Bond fan or not, to do the same. They're that good!
I first caught Warren talking about JB music on podcasts for James Bond Radio. I've been listening to Bond soundtracks for 40 years but most of the time, I just play them as background music because they're so familiar, and don't think much about it. Listening to the podcasts, and now listening to the Tribute Band, I've been relistening to the soundtracks much more closely. I've developed another level of appreciation and enjoyment in hearing both the original scores and how the Tribute Band interprets them.
There are times when I get jealous over Americans' infatuation with John Williams and the Star Wars scores; but I almost feel sorry for them not having their own version of Q the Music Show.
CORPORATE EVENT = 21st April 2017 - LONDON
"To the Band-
Thank you so much for working with us for our AWC Founders' Day Gala. You were all amazing and the guests loved the show. You really helped get the party started and set the 'James Bond' mood! The event was a huge success and we couldn't have done it without all of your hard work. Thank you again!
Best, The Founders' Day Committee - Cally, Kellie, Liz, Sarah"