Christopher Gunning’s career spans four decades as a composer of music for films, television, and the concert hall. His output includes seven symphonies and concertos for the piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone and guitar. His Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and orchestra, "On Hungerford Bridge,” is recorded by John Harle with the Academy of St. Martins in the Fields. Piano Concerto and Symphony no 1 are available on the Albany label, and his Symphony no. 3 and Symphony no. 4 and his Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra are available on the Chandos label in recordings by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the composer. Also on Chandos is The Film and Television Music of Christopher Gunning, performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Rumon Gamba. Gunning’s Symphony no. 5, is planned for the Discovery label, with the Royal Philharmonic conducted by the composer.
Christopher studied with Edmund Rubbra and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, and initially worked as an arranger, recording albums with Mel Torme, Shirley Bassey, Cilla Black, The Hollies, Colin Blunstone, and Phil Woods. He also provided the music for several advertising campaigns, including Martini (The Right One), Black Magic, Terry’s Allgold and Lloyds Bank. He then went on to score many films and television dramas, and has won four BAFTA awards for La Vie en Rose, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Middlemarch and Porterhouse Blue, and three Ivor Novello Awards for Rebecca, Under Suspicion, and Firelight. His scores for The Big Battalions, Wild Africa, Cold Lazarus, and When the Whales Came also received nominations for BAFTA and Ivor Novello Awards, and in 2011 he was presented with a Gold Badge Award by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.
As a conductor, Christopher has worked with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Manchester Camerata, and the Central Band of the RAF, in concerts and/or recordings of his own music and of other composers.
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