Main: English Composers—Christopher Gunning

Today we present a pro­gramme of music by Eng­lish com­posers old and new, and in par­tic­u­lar, we’re fea­tur­ing the work of Chris Gun­ning, best-known for his TV and film music – per­haps in par­tic­u­lar his music for the Poirot series. We will be hear­ing some of his film and TV music today – gen­er­al­ly in the form of orches­tral suites as well as the themes them­selves – but we will also hear some of his con­cert works in the form of three of his four Sym­phonies and a num­ber of oth­er works of which you are prob­a­bly not aware. We kick off with his theme writ­ten for York­shire Tele­vi­sion in 1982.

In among the oth­er Eng­lish com­posers in the show today I have also includ­ed some Eng­lish recorder pieces played by Richard Har­vey (see Wednes­day’s pro­gramme notes) and the lat­ter’s beau­ti­ful Con­cer­to Incan­tan­do per­formed by Micha­la Petri, as it is so gor­geous.

Here’s a lit­tle of what Wikipedia has to say about Mr Gun­ning:

Christo­pher Gun­ning (born 5 August 1944, in Chel­tenham, Glouces­ter­shire, Eng­land) stud­ied at the Guild­hall School of Music and Dra­ma where his tutors includ­ed Edmund Rub­bra and Richard Rod­ney Ben­nett.

Gun­ning’s film and TV com­po­si­tions have received many awards, includ­ing the 2007 BAF­TA Award for Best Film Music for La Vie en Rose, as well as three addi­tion­al awards for Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Mid­dle­march, and Porter­house Blue. He also has won and three Ivor Nov­el­lo Awards, for Rebec­ca, Under Sus­pi­cion, and Fire­light.”

You can read a full bio here.

You can vis­it Chris’s web site at where, if you like his work, you can also fol­low links to pur­chase his music. Enjoy!

The ZBS Radio Hour

Then at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic time (19:00 and 03:00 in the UK), join us for the last in our cur­rent sequence of ZBS adven­tures before we start some cool new ZBS adven­tures next week. The Jack Flan­ders adven­ture The White Cas­tle draws to a close and we also present a unique one-off bin­au­r­al dra­ma O Boy O Boy O which will sound amaz­ing on head­phones. And next week, please join us for the first Steam­punk adven­ture from ZBS – Steam Dream­ers of Inver­ness!

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:
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