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Gary Bernard Stewart Yershon (born 2 November 1954 in London[1]) is an English composer. His works include music for theatre, radio, television, film,[2] and dance.[3] He is an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.[4]

He began his career as an actor.[5] He worked as writer/translator (e.g. Ruslan and Lyudmila for the BBC,[6] and as musical director for Phyllida Lloyd's 1994 production of The Threepenny Opera at the Donmar Warehouse.[7]

He composed the music for Mike Leigh's 2008 film Happy-Go-Lucky, 2010 film Another Year, and 2014 film Mr. Turner,[8] and the theme tune to James the Cat.

Yershon was nominated for the 2009 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Play.[9]

In 2010 for his work on Another Year he was nominated for a European Film Award[10] In 2015 for the 87th Academy Awards, he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on Mr. Turner.[11]


  1. ^ Biography for Gary Yershon on IMDb
  2. ^ "Gary Yershon". Royal National Theatre. Archived from the original on 2014-12-29.
  3. ^ "Ma Vie En Rose, Young Vic, London / How the Other Half Loves, Theatre Royal, Bath". The Independent.
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  5. ^ "arts-together-wherever-we-go". The Independent.
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  8. ^ "Gary Yershon Scoring Mike Leigh's 'Mr. Turner'". Film Music Reporter.
  9. ^ "Drama Desk Awards 2009 winners announced". New York Theatre Guide.
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