Daryl Runswick, composer, singer, instrumentalist, broadcaster, educationalist, began his musical life as a Cambridge chorister but quickly moved sideways into the jazz and pop world. He played bass with many international stars as well as running his own jazz groups and touring the world with John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, for whom he wrote many songs.
As a composer he spent his 20s and early 30s writing pop songs and jazz instrumentals; his late 30s, 40s and 50s making contemporary concert pieces and opera. This dual speciality (classical/popular) has permeated his career, during which he has worked as a solo improvising pianist, a singer with the pioneering vocal group Electric Phoenix, a double bass player with the London Sinfonietta and the Nash Ensemble, a session musician, an arranger (especially for The King's Singers) a record producer (for Keith Tippett among others) and has conducted his own film and TV scores; not to mention stints as a broadcaster and lecturer, and his involvement for many years in community music, leading week-long music-theatre summer schools with disabled people.
His recent work includes Chips (2006) and Play That Weird Minor (2007) - premiered in his one man show - and Maybe I Can Have An Everlasting Love for voice, computer-generated electronics and orchestra, premiered in 2005 to celebrate his ten years as Head of Composition Faculty at Trinity College of Music. In addition to his many published works, Daryl Runswick is the author of the acclaimed textbook Rock, Jazz and Pop Arranging, which has been translated into Japanese, German and Korean.