Wherwell Singers were sorry to learn of the death of John Gardner, CBE, on December 11th aged 94.
Gardner was most famous for the work performed by Wherwell Singers, appropriately, on the eve of his death ‘Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day‘, written for St. Paul’s Girls School, where he followed Gustav Holst and Herbert Howells as Director of Music.
Brought up in Devon with both a father and grandfather who were amateur composers, Gardner studied at Oxford and began composing his first major work, a Symphony which drew broad acclaim, during his years serving in the RAF.
He subsequently received commissions and composed prolifically throughout his life. His last work, a Bassoon Concerto, was written in 2004