FUSE Violinists Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee Feature at Henley Festival Bond Gala
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FUSE Violinists Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee Feature at Henley Festival Bond Gala

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FUSE Violinists Linzi Stoppard & Ben Lee Feature at Henley Festival Bond Gala A blockbuster evening featuring some of the greatest film scores and theme songs in movie history Presented by Joanna Lumley, starring Hannah Waddingham and Alex Bourne and featuring the world's leading electric violin duo, British violin duo FUSE Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee. Shaken But Not Stirred At Henley Festival Bond Gala Featuring FUSE Violinists Linzi Stoppard & Ben Lee. A blockbuster evening featuring some of the greatest film scores and theme songs in movie history – the sound, look and feel of James Bond. Presented by Joanna Lumley, the evening starred Hannah Waddingham and Alex Bourne and featured one of the world's leading electric violin duo, British violin duo FUSE (aka Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee) playing their million dollar crystal violins. The music was provided by an augmented Royal Philharmonic Orchestra making a welcome return to the Festival under the baton of Gareth Hudson. The programme also featured Strictly Come Dancing stars Kristina Rhianoff and Robin Windsor. Big tunes, stunts, cameo appearances – simply one hit after another: Diamonds are Forever, For your eyes only, Live and Let Die, Goldfinger, Skyfall Before the music even started the audience were ‘stirred’ by the arrival of local stuntman Gary Connery who skydived down on to the lawns of the festival grounds.

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Published 19 August 2013
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FUSE Violinists Linzi Stoppard
& Ben Lee Feature at Henley
Festival Bond Gala A blockbuster evening featuring some of
the greatest film scores and theme songs
in movie history
Presented by Joanna Lumley, starring
Hannah Waddingham and Alex Bourne
and featuring the world's leading electric
violin duo, British violin duo FUSE Linzi
Stoppard and Ben Lee. Shaken But Not Stirred At Henley
Festival Bond Gala Featuring FUSE
Violinists Linzi Stoppard & Ben Lee.
A blockbuster evening featuring some of
the greatest film scores and theme songs
in movie history – the sound, look and
feel of James Bond. Presented by Joanna Lumley, the evening
starred Hannah Waddingham and Alex
Bourne and featured one of the world's
leading electric violin duo, British violin
duo FUSE (aka Linzi Stoppard and Ben
Lee) playing their million dollar crystal
violins. The music was provided by an
augmented Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
making a welcome return to the Festival
under the baton of Gareth Hudson. The
programme also featured Strictly Come
Dancing stars Kristina Rhianoff and Robin
Windsor.
Big tunes, stunts, cameo appearances –
simply one hit after another: Diamonds
are Forever, For your eyes only, Live and
Let Die, Goldfinger, Skyfall Before the music even started the
audience were ‘stirred’ by the arrival of
local stuntman Gary Connery who
skydived down on to the lawns of the
festival grounds. Gary whose films
include James Bond ‘Die Another Day’
but now best known for his ‘Queen’
skydiving James Bond role at the
Olympic opening ceremony last year.
After arriving on stage Stewart Collins,
the Festival Director, asked “Do you have
a ticket for tonight Gary?” The music, played by the fantastic Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra, opened the show
with the James Bond famous theme tune.
West End stars Hannah Waddingham and
Alex Bourne then delighted the audience
with their powerful renditions of James
Bond hits starting with ‘Goldfinger’ and
included ‘Live and Let Die’, ‘Diamonds
are Forever’, ‘View to a Kill’ and ‘For Your
Eyes Only’ to name just a few. Joanna Lumley, a Bond girl herself in ‘On
Her Majesty’s Service, hosted the
evening and provided great interludes of
Bond facts between the music.
She said, “Even though I’m a pensioner,
I can say that I’m forever a ‘Bond Girl’
and you can’t take that away.” The programme also featured Strictly
Come Dancing stars Kristina Rhianoff and
Robin Windsor who danced passionately
to the music and the dynamic electric
violinists Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee
(FUSE) performed on their exclusive
million dollar Swarovski crystal encrusted
violins. The FUSE violin duo, Linzi Stoppard and
Ben Lee are carving out a unique musical
niche and an equally unique fan base
with their incredible sound. Many string
instruments have electric varieties, but
those musicians typically use a traditional
acoustic instrument so you end up with a
traditional sound, albeit a bit louder.
Their approach is very different. They
utilise sonic processors and a unique type
of electric violin. The result is their very
own FUSE style.