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English composer Christopher Gunning was born in Cheltenham on 5 August 1944 into a musical family - his father was the South African-born pianist and composer Alexis Gunning. Chris studied with Richard Rodney Bennett, Edmund Rubbra, James Gibb and Brian Trowell at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
He was best known for his music for film, TV and advertising campaigns, but was also a serious composer of works such as The Lobster, clarinet, oboe, piano and saxophone concertos, Storm and twelve symphonies.
Christopher Gunning died from renal cancer on 25 March 2023, aged seventy-eight.