Christopher Gunning and the RPO present a series of 3 concertos, all written for friends and colleagues of the composer. In Gunning's own words "... in each case my aim has been to provide the soloist with something enjoyable yet technically challenging to play, and to bring out those characteristics of the solo instrument I find the most appealing."
The 3 resulting works include a light-hearted concertino for flautist Catherine Handley, a lyric and elegiac clarinet concerto for Michael Whight, and a holiday-inspired concerto for guitarist Craig Ogden.
" With the composer an ardent conductor inspiring compelling performances of all three works, it is an admirable disc to show off Christopher Gunning’s still under-appreciated gifts." Gramophone
Christopher Gunning is a British composer of music for films, television and the concert hall. He has composed 13 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.