Daryl Runswick (12 October 1946) is a classically trained English composer, arranger, musician, producer and educationalist.
He started playing bass with leading UK jazz musicians in the mid-60s, 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.
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 Seekers (1992). 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.
- 1970 – Atlantic Bridge
- 1970 – That's Just the Way I Want to Be – Blossom Dearie
- 1970 – Rites and Rituals – Ray Russell
- 1971 – Rock Workshop – Ray Russell
- 1971 – The Very Last Time – Ray Russell
- 1971 – From the Beggar's Mantle – Barbara Dickson
- 1972 – Live at the ICA – Ray Russell
- 1972 – Acropolis – Ian Hamer Septet (released 2005)
- 1973 – Secret Asylum – Ray Russell
- 1976 – Tales of Mystery and Imagination – The Alan Parsons Project
- 1977 – Alan Branscombe & Tony Coe
- 1981 – In Hoagland – Georgie Fame, Annie Ross and Hoagy Carmichael