Main: English Composers—Christopher Gunning

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by rieladmin on Saturday, 12 May, 2012

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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