Monday, December 23, 2013

Music Monday: John Lunn, from minimalist funk to Downton Abbey

New Cross/Telegraph Hill resident John Lunn has become one of the country's most successful composers for TV, commended in particular for his music for Downton Abbey. In September he was awarded his second Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition for his work on the show (he discusses the music here).

In the 1980s, Lunn was a member of 'systems funk' band Man Jumping, who released music on Bill Nelson's Cocteau label, having previously played bass/keyboards in the Lost Jockey music co-operative (whose members also included later ZTT artist Andrew Poppy).

Glasgow-born Lunn has been active in encouraging music and drama in his local community for years, donating his talents for instance to Edmund Waller Primary School and the annual Telegraph Hill Community Production. The latter has featured two operas he originally wrote for Glyndbourne festival, 'Misper' and 'Zoe'. Oh and I once had a go on his theremin!

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