Christopher Gunning is a British composer of music for films, television and the concert hall. He has composed 7 symphonies, numerous concertos and other concert works, and a large number of scores for films and television dramas, including Agatha Christie’s ‘Poirot,’ La Vie en Rose, Middlemarch, Cold Lazarus, Rebecca, Under Suspicion, Firelight, The Big Battalions, Wild Africa, When the Whales Came and Porterhouse Blue. He has won 4 BAFTA and 3 Ivor Novello Awards, and BASCA’s prestigious Gold Badge Award.
In his concert music he has developed an individual yet approachable, colourful, and highly expressive language which frequently gives his music a strongly dramatic and emotional flavour. In film, he has worked on a wide variety of productions, ranging from period to contemporary dramas and wildlife films. In a career spanning some 40 yeas he has worked in just about every musical area; he loves working with orchestras, both as composer and conductor, and is equally at home with computers.
“This is fabulous stuff. That, really, is all I need to say, but I’ll say it again. This, quite simply, is fabulous stuff.” “…it has everything symphonic music should have – tension, drama, a real sense of purpose, a knowledge of where it is going and, best of all, the composer knows that when he’s said what he has to say, and Gunning has a lot to say, he stops.” – Music Web International
“This CD deserves to extend Christopher Gunning’s status well beyond that of a skilled and fluent composer for television (Middlemarch, Cold Lazarus). Both these single-movement symphonies combine approachable listening with absolute technical command (the orchestration is hyper-vivid), while covering a fair amount of emotional and musical ground also.” – Classic FM Magazine
“Poirot says of his secretary, Miss Felicity Lemon, that ‘Anything that she mentioned as worth consideration usually was worth consideration.’ I can concur that anything Gunning has written is worthy of consideration. My little grey cells tell me that this is a disk not to be missed.” – Music Web International