"One of the best composers Britain has produced in the past century." (Martin Anderson, The Independent)






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This is the official website of John Gardner CBE

We are continuing to update the News page with information about concerts of John Gardner's music in the Autumn.

John Gardner was born on 2nd March 1917, and died on 12th December 2011. He is best known for his setting of Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, but with a professional career which began in 1951 with the success of his First Symphony under Barbirolli at the Cheltenham Festival, he has a catalogue of 249 opus numbers, and there is plenty more music which deserves to be heard.

His 90th anniversary inspired many performances of his works, many of which were attended by the composer, and was marked by the release on Naxos of his Symphony No.1, Piano Concerto and the Overture Midsummer Ale.

This website will help you find out more about Gardner's music, whether you are a concert promoter,  performer or  an enthusiast. The website is managed by Chris Gardner.

How to use the website

Gardner's works are listed in 3 catalogues which are downloadable "pdf" files:-

List of opus numbers: a complete listing of the mature works by opus number;

Classified Catalogue: a complete list of the mature works by category (e.g. vocal works, chamber works, Christmas works);

Selected Works: a list of the most successful works, by category, complete with (in most cases) programme notes;

The catalogues provide basic information about the works (instrumentation, duration, etc.), the name of the publisher, and at the back of each catalogue, the publisher's contact details.

Please go to the unpublished works page for information on how to obtain copies of unpublished works, and in the event of any difficulty whatsoever in tracking down John Gardner's music, please e-mail us.