On Sunday 10 March 2024, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents a concert dedicated to the memory of composer Christopher Gunning at London’s Cadogan Hall to raise funds for Help Musicians.
Christopher Gunning was one of the UK’s most versatile composers and wrote extensively for film, TV, commercials, and the concert hall. His long career took in arrangements for pop stars, famous commercial campaigns for Martini and Black Magic (among many others), TV credits including Middlemarch, Rebecca and Porterhouse Blue, movies including La Vie en Rose (for which he won a BAFTA) and, most popular of all, the theme for the TV series Poirot, starring David Suchet and Philip Jackson, which is loved by millions around the world. Gunning also wrote 13 symphonies, numerous concertos and other concert works.
Gunning died in March 2023, aged 78, and in this special concert, friends, family, and beloved colleagues pay tribute to his extraordinary talent. The whole range of Gunning’s work will be represented, from adverts to symphonies and everything in between, performed by special guests and with memories from his friends and family.
Hosted by actor Philip Jackson (well-known for his role as Chief Inspector Japp in both the television series of Agatha Christie’s Poirot and in BBC Radio dramatisations of the Poirot stories), and under the baton of conductor Kenneth Woods,the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined by star soloists including guitarist John Williams; singer-songwriter Colin Blunstone, lead singer of the 1960s band the Zombies; oboist Verity Gunning-Olsson; pianist Dave Arch, best known as MD of Strictly Come Dancing; andcellist Richard Harwood among others.
The concert programme will include the theme from Poirot, iconic TV adverts for Martini and Black Magic and his concertos and symphonic works. The concert will also see the world premiere of Gunning’s Lament for Cello and Piano, written shortly before his death, and a complete performance of his Symphony No. 10.
Tickets can be purchased here: https://cadoganhall.com/whats-on/christopher-gunning-remembered/book/869834/. Profits from the concert will go directly to Help Musicians, a charity very close to Christopher Gunning’s heart. The charity supports professional musicians from all genres at times of crisis, in work and in retirement.