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Bond (often typeset as bond in deference to the owners of the 007 copyright) is an Australian/Britishmarker string quartet that specializes in classical crossover music. Bond has been described as the best selling string quartet of all time, selling over 4 million records.

Creation

Bond was formed following initial conversations between music producer Mike Batt and promoter Mel Bush, after Batt suggested to Bush that the two of them should put together a quartet consisting of "four beautiful, talented musicians". Some time later, Bush pushed ahead with the idea, recruiting producer Gareth Cousins to help choose the line up and define the band's sound. This resulted in an initial four recordings the band made, leading to Bond being signed by Decca. Three of those original recordings, "Duel", "The 1812" and "Dalalai", were the backbone of the first album, Born, with producer Magnus Fiennes providing additional tracks and Mike Batt adding a remix of "Victory", which became the first single.

The quartet currently consists of Elspeth Hanson (first violin, from Upper Basildonmarker, England), Eos Chater (second violin, from Cardiffmarker, Wales), Tania Davis (viola, from Sydneymarker) and Gay-Yee Westerhoff (cello, from Hullmarker, England). Hanson replaced original band member Haylie Ecker, when she left to have a child.

Genre & success

Their debut album Born was removed from the UK classical chart, apparently owing to its "sounding too much like pop music". Born later rose to the #1 position on 21 different charts around the world. Shine, their second album, went gold in six countries. Remixed, their third release, featured remixes from their first two hit albums as well as three new unreleased songs. Their third studio album Classified was a popular and successful release: Classified went double platinum in Australia, reaching the number one spot on both the classical and pop charts. Explosive: The Best of Bond, their latest release, is a "best of" collection that includes three previously unreleased songs. They also participated at the 50th annual Miss World pageant in 2000, held in Londonmarker.

Appearances & recent work

Bond performing at the Metrocentre, Gateshead in promotion of the Peugeot 308CC.
The quartet spent much of 2003 touring, particularly throughout Asia, and participating in the Miss Universe 2003 held in Panama Citymarker, Panamamarker. They also fitted in performing and filming a TV commercial for American department store chain Marshall Field'smarker and made a commercial in Los Angelesmarker for the Japanese karaoke manufacturer Daiichi Kosho. The group made their movie debut playing themselves in a scene in Rowan Atkinson's James Bond spoof Johnny English for which they also contributed the track "Kismet", composed by Gay-Yee, and played on the Main Theme. They also appeared as themselves in the film XXX: State of the Union, performing "Victory".

In 2009 Peugeot commissioned Bond to record Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" to advertise the 308CC. The tracks are available for download from Peugeot's website free of charge.

In an interview of Tania Davis by the Birmingham Mail, Davis revealed that they are currently working on their next studio album. She also noted that the next album will have Gypsy, Folk and Eastern European influences.

Discography

Albums

Release Date Title
2 October 2000 Born
15 October 2002 Shine
15 June 2004 Classified


Compilations

Release Date Title
16 September 2003 Remixed
28 June 2005 Explosive: The Best of Bond


Promotional albums



Soundtracks



Singles



DVDs



Movie appearances



Image gallery

File:Elspeth Hanson - Metrocentre 2009.jpg|Elspeth Hanson in 2009.File:Eos Chater - Metrocentre 2009.jpg|Eos Chater in 2009.File:Tania Davis - Metrocentre 2009.jpg|Tania Davis in 2009.File:Gay-Yee Westerhoff - Metrocentre 2009.jpg|Gay-Yee Westerhoff in 2009.

References

  1. [1] iClassics: Crossover Café
  2. Mike Batt's Official Website: Bond - String Quartet. Accessed March 23, 2009


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