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Gardner John (b.1917)

Biography of Gardner John:

John Gardner is one of the most distinguished composers of his generation. He was born in Manchester in 1917 and spent his childhood in North Devon, and was Sir Hubert Parry Organ Scholar of Exeter College, Oxford. In 1946 he joined the music staff of the Royal Opera House, leaving at the end of 1952 to pursue a freelance career as composer, teacher, pianist and conductor. Since that time John Gardner has taught at the Royal Academy of Music, Morley College, and St. Paul?s Girls? School. He was Director, and later Deputy Chairman, of The Performing Right Society Limited from 1965 to 1992. He was awarded the CBE in 1976.
Six by Four, a cycle of settings of well-known lyrics from Shakespeare plays, was ?rst performed at the Hinckley Music Club on 30th April 1988 by James Bowman (countertenor), John Turner (recorder), Christopher van Kampen (cello) and Keith Elcombe (harpsichord).

CD's with Gardner John
Canticum Novum

ArtNr. GMCD 7101

No?l Nouvelet

ArtNr. GMCD 7314

Ancient Sorceries, Music for countertenor and recorder

ArtNr. GMCD 7348

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