John Gardner

Composer + Military Person + Musician
Born Mar 2, 1917

John Linton Gardner, CBE was an English composer of classical music.

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1917 Birth Born in 1917.


1936 19 Years Old Gardner was educated at Eagle House School, Sandhurst, Wellington College and Exeter College, Oxford. An important figure in his early life was Hubert J. Foss of Oxford University Press, who published the Intermezzo for Organ in 1936 and introduced him to the composer Arthur Benjamin, to whom Gardner dedicated his Rhapsody for Oboe and String Quartet (1935). … Read More


1939 22 Years Old After coming down from Oxford in 1939, he completed two terms as music master at Repton School, where one of his pupils was the composer John Veale, then a sixth former.
1940 23 Years Old In 1940 he enlisted and working first as a Bandmaster (Fighter Command) and then as a Navigator with Transport Command. … Read More


1954 37 Years Old …  He re-wrote A Scots Overture, previously a military band piece, for the 1954 season of Promenade Concerts in 1954. … Read More
1955 38 Years Old He married Jane Abercrombie, the daughter of Nigel Abercrombie (Secretary General of the Arts Council 1963–1968) and the soprano Elisabeth Abercrombie, in 1955 and has three children, Christopher (1956), Lucy (1958) and Emily (1962). … Read More


2004 87 Years Old His final work was a Bassoon Concerto, Op. 249, written in 2004 for Graham Salvage, the principal bassoonist of the Hallé Orchestra, which was premiered at the Budleigh Salterton Festival in July 2007, by Graham Salvage with the Festival Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Marshall. … Read More
2007 90 Years Old In September 2007, however, Naxos issued his Symphony No. 1, Piano Concerto and the overture Midsummer Ale. … Read More
2011 94 Years Old Died in 2011.
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