Daryl Runswick (born 12 October 1946) is a classically trained English composer, arranger, jazz musician, producer and educationalist.
Runswick was born in Leicester, and educated at Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.He started playing bass with leading UK jazz musicians in the mid-1960s, including Dick Morrissey and John Dankworth, with whom he would tour and compose for extensively for some 12 years. In 1969, he was a member of the Lionel Grigson-Pete Burden Quintet, and in 1972 he played and recorded with the Ian Hamer Septet, a band in which he coincided with Tubby Hayes, among others, and throughout the 1970s he was also a member of the London Jazz Four. As a session musician he later branched out into more popular music, including appearing on the first The Alan Parsons Project recording and working with Elton John.
He has also worked with the London Sinfonietta, Nash Ensemble and The King's Singers, Pierre Boulez, Ornette Coleman, Simon Rattle and Sarah Vaughan.
Cleo Laine has recorded several of his compositions.
From 1995 to 2005 he was Head of Composition Faculty at Trinity College of Music (notable students include Angie Atmadjaja, Dai Fujikura, Harris Kittos, Nikos Veliotis and Reynaldo Young).
As a composer he has written film and TV scores, including the films Gullsandur (Golden Sands) (1985) and No Surrender (1985), and the TV series Brond (1987) with Bill Nelson, The Advocates (1991–92) and Seekers (1993). His major concert work, Maybe I Can Have an Everlasting Love for voice, computer-generated electronics and orchestra, premiered in 2005 at Blackheath Halls, London. His works have also been conducted by Jeffrey Skidmore and played by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, among others.
As a record producer, Runswick has also produced recordings by Keith Tippett.
Runswick is the author of a standard textbook Rock, Jazz and Pop Arranging.
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