Nominated for an Academy Award and Ivor Novello Award for his score to Mike Leigh’s highly acclaimed Mr Turner, Gary Yershon’s 40-year career as a composer – spanning film, television, theatre and radio – continues to grow and grow to this day.

After reading Music and Drama at Hull University, Gary pursued a parallel career as an actor up until 1991, when he gave up the limelight to focus primarily on composing.

For film, Gary has collaborated extensively with the celebrated director, Mike Leigh. Their first collaboration began in 1999 with Topsy-Turvy, on which Gary was musical director. His first score for Leigh was on the iconic British comedy-drama, Happy-Go-Lucky, followed by Another Year, which gained Gary a nomination as European Film Award Best Composer, the short film A Running Jump, and most recently Peterloo, starring Rory Kinnear and Maxine Peake. Gary’s other recent scores include the film Brighton, directed by Stephen Cookson and the comedy drama 23 Walks for MetFilm.

Gary has also written for TV, where his work ranges from detective drama (Trial and Retribution IX & X) to children’s cartoons (James the Cat, Ebb and Flo).

Many of Gary’s theatre scores are for the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he is an Associate Artist. He has also scored for the National Theatre, the West End and Broadway, where in 2009 he received a Drama Desk nomination for The Norman Conquests.

Gary has written extensively for BBC Radio since 1979, beginning as a singer-songwriter for Radio 4’s Midweek. Since then Gary has composed for many plays, including The Odyssey, Gawain and the Green Knight, The Theban Plays, The Winter’s Tale, The Eve of St Agnes, Three Men in a Boat, as well as the 2002 Sony-award winning Autumn Journal. For Radio 3 he translated and dramatised Pushkin’s Ruslan and Lyudmila, and contributed to The Verb.

Gary curates and presents Oscar Scores at the Barbican Arts Centre in London. His score for Northern Ballet’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas premiered in May 2017. The London Symphony Orchestra premiered Gary’s The Great Blueness at the Barbican concert hall in March 2019. He also works as a writer, translator, musical director and teacher.

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23 WALKSMetFilm Production
Director: Paul Morrison
Producers: Stewart Le Marechal, Anna Mohr-Pietsch,
Maggie Monteith
Starring: Raki Thakrar, Alison Steadman
Director: Stephen Cookson
Producers: Stephen Cookson, Peter Keegan
Starring: Phil Davis, Leslie Sharp, Marion Bailey
PETERLOOBFI Film Fund / Thin Man Films
Director: Mike Leigh
Producers: Georgina Lowe
Starring: Maxine Peake, Rory Kinnear
JULIUS CAESARDonmar Warehouse
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Producers: Kate Pakenham, John Wyver
Starring: Harriet Walter, Jade Anouka
Director: Mike Leigh
Producer: Georgina Lowe
Starring: Timothy Spall
**Oscar Nomination for Best Original Score**
**Ivor Novello Award Nomination 2015: Best Original Film Score**
A RUNNING JUMPThin Man Films / Film4 / BBC Films
Director: Mike Leigh
Producers: Georgina Lowe, Ruth Mackenzie
Starring: Eddie Marsan
ANOTHER YEARThin Man Films / Film4 / United 09
Director: Mike Leigh
Producer: Georgina Lowe
Starring: Jim Broadbent, Philip Davis, Imelda Staunton
***Best Composer Nomination at 2010 European Film Award***
HAPPY-GO-LUCKYFilm4 / Ingenious Film Partners / Thin Man Films
Director: Mike Leigh
Producer: Simon Channing Williams
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Andrea Riseborough
TRIAL & RETRIBUTION (3 episodes, 2005-2007)Isle of Man Films
Directors: Tristram Powell, Andy Hay
Producers: Christopher Hall, Lynda La Plante,
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan
SKIN DEEPCarlton Television
Director: Terry Flaxton
Producer: Alison Sterling
TOPSY-TURVYThin Man Films / Goldwyn Films
Director: Mike Leigh
Producers: Simon Channing Williams
Starring: Timothy Spall, Dexter Fletcher, Jim Broadbent
JAMES THE CATGrampian Television
Director: Kate Canning
Producers: Jan Clayton
Starring: Alistair McGowan

1975 – 2015

Royal Shakespeare Company / National Theatre / Old Vic / English Touring Theatre / Young Vic / Donmar Warehouse / RADA / Hightide Festival Theatre / Royal Court / Manchester Library Theatre / Noel Coward Theatre / Turtle Key Arts Co / Gielgud Theatre / Open Air Theatre, Regents Park / Unicorn / Theatre Company / Derby Playhouse / Bristol Old Vic / Wyndham’s Theatre / Albery Theatre / Gate Theatre, Notting Hill / Chichester Festival Theatre / Theatre Royal, Bath / Royal Court / Southwark Playhouse / Shared Experience / National Theatre Studio / Tron Theatre, Glasgow / Theatre in the Downs / Theatr Clwd / Theatre Centre / West Yorkshire Playhouse / Oxford Stage Company / Everyman, Cheltenham / West Yorkshire Playhouse / Manchester Royal Exchange / Act Of Faith Theatre Co / Crucible Theatre, Sheffield / New Performance Gallery, San Francisco / Nottingham Playhouse / Theatre Foundry / Good Company Theatre Co / Avon Touring Theatre / Show of Strength / Nuffield Theatre / Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond / Palace Theatre, London / Tynewear Theatre Co / Theatre Royal, Stratford East / Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury / Emma Theatre Company / Duke’s Playhouse, Lancaster / Arcola

Get A Move On (1994)  New Performance Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Choreographer: Jonathan Lunn
Up from the Waste (2001) National Theatre Studio, London
Choreographer: Antonia Franceschi
Ma Vie En Rose (2007)  Young Vic, London
Choreographer: Ayse Tashkiran
Reading Room (2007)Turtle Key Arts, UK Tour
Choreographer: Jonathan Lunn
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2017)Northern Ballet, UK Tour
Choreographer: Daniel de Andrade