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John Lunn

John Lunn is a bass player and composer. His music possesses a wonderfully unique voice that spans the spectrum of musical style. Classically trained yet contemporary in attitude, heand sensitive approach, with a sound that always finds the emotional core.

For film, John scored the new IMAX film Giant Screen Bugs, narrated by Dame Judi Dench for Principal Films. Other film credits include the FilmFour/Shane Meadows film Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (Kathy Burke, Robert Carlyle, Rhys Ifans), Get Real, directed by Simon Shore, winner of the Audience Award, Edinburgh and Dinard International Festivals, and The Wisdom Of Crocodiles, directed by Po Chih Leong for Zenith Films. He also scored the IMAX film, Legend of the Loch for Director Mike Slee.

John's TV credits range from the BBC's flagship productions of Cambridge Spies, Lorna Doone, Madame Bovary (directed by Tim Fywell) and Murder Rooms, to the Channel Four/Company series North Square, World Productions 12 part series Outlaws, Scottish Television's thriller Sirens, and the Ska Films/Ginger production, Lock Stock and… His score to Getting Hurt, the BBC Screen Two Film, won the Royal Television Society's award for Best Original Music. His music to Bad Blood (Carlton) was also nominated for an Ivor Novello Award. John scored the critically acclaimed BBC series Bleak House (RTS Awards 2006 - nomination for Best Score), Hotel Babylon for Carnival Films / BBC (for which he was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award), and the Granada biopic based on the moors murderers, See No Evil, as well as Sorted for the BBC. He scored The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard for the BBC, starring Jane Horrocks, and the Bafta award winning Victoria Wood penned drama, Housewife 49 for ITV, along with Frankenstein for Impossible Pictures. He went on to score Torn for Jeremy Gwilt and TXTV, series 2 of the acclaimed Jimmy McGovern scripted, The Street for Granada, and has recently completed Hotel Babylon (Series 4) for Carnival/BBC. He recently completed scoring Criminal Justice an RTS Award Winner 2008 for Best Original Score for the BBC, Harley Street for Carnival Productions/ITV1, and very recently scored the 14 part Andrew Davies' Dickens adaptation Little Dorrit, for the BBC (BAFTA Craft Nomination 2009).

Other major credits include the music for Second Sight, directed by Charles Beeson for 20/20 TV/BBC, the original series of 2000 Acres of Sky as well as Hamish MacBeth for BBC/Zenith and the Carlton/ Zenith series Bodyguards. For his score to Back Up, The Guardian wrote '…cracking stuff, pure Bernard Hermann, and more sheer menace than anything you've heard…'. He wrote the music for Ghostbusters of East Finchley (BBC2), a jazz score for the YTV/Zenith series Finney (directed by David Hayman), and a largely period score for the Last Machine, a five part documentary drama for BBC/Illumination, presented by Terry Gilliam.

John's earlier credits include Cormorant, a BBC Screen Two Film starring Ralph Fiennes, the Prairie Pictures feature The Life Of Stuff, directed by Simon Donald and produced by Linda Myles, The Gift, a BBC Screenplay production, Beatrix, a BBC drama starring Helena Bonham-Carter; Second Thoughts, written by Anthony Minghella and starring Mel Smith and Griff Rhys-Jones; and After The Dance for the BBC's Performance series.

Amongst John's classical works, his violin concerto was premiered by Clio Gould and the London Sinfonietta at the Queen Elizabeth Hall last year and his two operas, Misper and Zoe (filmed and broadcast by Channel 4 in 2001) were written for Glydenbourne. In 1998 he wrote the opera Mathematics Of a Kiss with Anthony Minghella and Orlando Gough for the English National Opera. In 2005 John was commissioned by Glynedbourne Opera to write his latest opera Tangier Tattoo to be directed by Stephen Langridge.


The Graham Fitkin Ensemble are: Simon Haram - soprano/alto saxes +ewi | Nick Moss -sop/alto/tenor saxes + bass clarinet | Noel Langley - trumpets, flugel horn | Adrian Spillett - percussion, vibraphone, drums | Joby Burgess - percussion, marimba, drums | Graham Fitkin - piano | Alan Thomas - guitars, mandolin | Ruth Wall - wire strung, bray and lever harps | John Lunn - bass

events in 2010 with John Lunn
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21Thu 7.30 pmAberdeenGraham Fitkin Ensemble