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Classical Classroom, MusicWorks, Ep 121: John From Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey is over, but frankly, we aren’t ready to say goodbye.

Downton Abbey composer, John Lunn
Downton Abbey composer, John Lunn

Masterpiece’s Downton Abbey came to an end last night after six seasons. In this tell-all exposé, Scottish composer John Lunn talks about his years with the Crawley family, what Lord Grantham really thought of Branson, and his thoughts on Thomas Barrow’s perpetual bad attitude. Okay, okay — not exactly. But Lunn does talk about how he got into writing for TV, how it’s different than writing operas and violin concertos, and about being part of the Downton team for six seasons. Past (and future!) secrets are revealed. All in a lovely Scottish accent.

All music in this episode (except for the Bach) from the CD, Downton Abbey: The Ultimate Collection:

  • Prelude & Fugue No. 24 in B Minor BWV 893. JS Bach. Angela Hewitt.  
  • The Suite
  • Such Good Luck
  • Escapades
  • End of An Era

Audio production for this episode by Todd “Lord of Toddington” Hulslander with pregnant pauses by Dacia Clay and assistance from Mark DiClaudio.

Learn more about John Lunn here.

For more about Downton Abbey, go here

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