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bond, also typeset as BOND, is an Australian/British string quartet that specialises in classical crossover music. bond has been described as the best selling string quartet of all time, selling over 5 million records.



The quartet currently consists of Tania Davis (first violin, formerly viola from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), Eos Counsell (second violin, from Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom), Elspeth Hanson (viola, from Upper Basildon, England, United Kingdom) and Gay-Yee Westerhoff (cello, from Hull, England, United Kingdom).

Violinist Elspeth Hanson replaced the original band member Haylie Ecker (formerly first violin,  from Perth, Western Australia, Australia) when she decided to leave the group in 2008 to be a mother and pay more time with her little family.


The first line

The first line of bond includes: Haylie Ecker as the first violinist, Eos Chater as the second violinist, Tania Davis as violist, and Gay-Yee Westerhoff as cellist. As the golden era, bond was saw as a phenomena in classical-crossover with unforgettable pop style and high skills, made the group become the best selling quartet of all time.

bond is so famous and has a big influence that attracted a number of music lover go to the world of strings; many people learnt violin because they are fans of bond or, just more simple, they love the music bond bring to the world at least.


The second line

After Haylie left bond to have a child, bond received a lot of applications to join the group; however, Elspeth was actively chosen by bond themselves to make bond's second line.

“When Haylie left we had loads of applications from different violinists to take her place,” says 33-year-old viola player Tania Davis. “But we were watching the Beijing Olympics’ closing ceremony and noticed a violinist on stage with Jimmy Page and David Beckham. She was playing really well and improvising and we thought she looked great.”

That violinist was Elspeth and the group, completed by second violinist Eos Chater and cellist Gay-Yee Westerhoff, quickly made contact. [1]

After Elspeth join the group, bond made some changes in position; by that, Tania changed to play as first violin, replaced the position of Haylie, when Elspeth played viola as Tania's position instead.

The second line of bond was first officially introduced at mini live-shows for Peugeot 308 CC car model launching advertising.



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.


Their debut album Born was removed from the UK classical charts, apparently owing to it "sounding too much like pop music". Born later rose to the #1 position in 21 different charts around the world. Shine, their second album, went Gold in 6 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 London.


The quartet spent much of 2003 touring, particularly throughout Asia, and participating in the Miss Universe 2003 held in Panama City, Panama. They also fitted in performing and filming a TV commercial for American department store chain Marshall Field's and made a commercial in Los Angeles 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 in the film xXx: State of the Union as themselves once again, 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 [2]. In late 2010 the band were performing material from their new album "Play" at concerts in Mexico, including the new single "Diablo".



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