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The Christmas CD takes shape

EM Records will be releasing a CD of Christmas Music by John Gardner this year. Recording will take place in October. The CD will feature the Chamber Concerto, Op. 102 for organ and 10 instruments (soloist Stephen King), the Cantata for Christmas, Op. 82, performed by the City of London Choir under Hilary Davan Wetton, and a selection of carols from the new OUP publication, John Gardner Carols. The City of London Choir will be joined by the choir of St. Paul's Girls' School, for whom many of the carols were written.

St John's, Smith Square, Sunday 9th December 2012

The City of London Choir perform the Christmas Music of John Gardner, including the Cantata for Christmas, Op. 82

Details Here

St Mary's Primrose Hill, Saturday 24th November 2012

The Camden Choir under Julian Williamson will perform the Cantata for St.Cecilia, Op. 195

Details Here

St.Paul's Cathedral, Thursday 13th September 2012, 18:30

Catherine Ennis will play the Organ Sonata, Op. 204 at her celebrity organ recital

London Oriana Choir pay tribute to John Gardner

Stuff & Nonsense:
a summer celebration of John Gardner

Friday 13 July 2012
St James, Piccadilly


PROGRAMME
John Gardner: Waltzsongs
John Gardner: A Shakespeare Sequence
John Gardner: Six American Hymns
John Gardner: Seven Songs
Richard Rodney Bennett: Nonsense
Eric Whitacre: Animal Crackers I and II
John Gardner: The Derby Ram
Mátyás Seiber: Three Nonsense Songs
John Gardner: Irreverent Rhymes

Tickets £12, £10 (no concessions)
Book tickets now

February 2012 - Concerts and recordings in planning

We know of a number of concerts and recordings now being planned which we hope to be able to announce in more detail in the forthcoming weeks.

Oxford University Press are planning the publication of a collection of John Gardner's best carols - some well-known and some not so well-known. We hope to launch this with a major concert and CD release in London in December 2012. The collection should be on sale in July.

Meanwhile, we can recommend a visit to the English Music Festival on 2nd June 2012 to hear the "Seven Songs", Op.36 which are being performed by the Syred Consort conducted by Ben Palmer.

And we hope to launch a charitable trust before to long to promote John Gardner's music and make available funds to assist recordings and performances.

Obituaries, tributes and miscellaneous links

The Stage

PRS for Music - "M" Magazine

Old Eagle House Bulletin

Was John Gardner the Fifth Beatle?

Did classical composer write the ending for Eleanor Rigby?

Eleanor Rigby - the final chord resolved

The Independent

Daily Telegraph

Prospect Magazine

The Guardian

Radio 3

Norman Lebrecht

American Choral Directors' Association

The Times

Talk given by Chris Gardner to the British Music Society in 2007 (opens PDF document)

December 2011

John Gardner died on 12th December 2011. He succumbed very quickly to a chest infection and died in the afternoon at a Nursing Home in Liss Forest, Hampshire.

August 2011...

Oxford University Press announce that Five Philanders will be on sale in November, approximate cost £7.00, order ref. 978-0-10-338004-2. They will be available from Goodmusic.

"Five Philanders" is a five-movement suite taking a light-hearted journey through different thees of love: Rejection, Parting, Falsehood, Contentment, Fulfilment. In sharp colours but with great economy, gardner paints his scenes: a woman coolly rejecting the advances of her love, a heavy heart at parting, the boisterous energy of love fulfilled. this is a varied and exuberant work that will delight choirs and audiences alike. "

7th July 2011...

A rare complete performance of Five Philanders. Guy Protheroe and the English Chamber Choir are planning to record this work next year, and Oxford University Press have recently set all five songs and they are  available from Good Music Ltd.

Click here for more details of the concert

 

April 2011...

The Brass and Organ CD  is Recording of the Month on MusicWeb International

January 2011...

New release on Toccata Classics

Music for Brass and Organ
GARDNER, John

Catalogue Number: TOCC0048
EAN: 5060113440488
Release Date: 17 January 2011
Duration: 67:08
 

Easter Fantasy, Op. 232
Five Dances for Organ, Op.179
Flourish for a Wedding, Op. 162
Sonata Secolare, Op. 117
Sonata da Chiesa sopra un tema di Claudio Monteverdi, Op. 136
Theme and Variations for Brass Quartet, Op. 7

Paul Archibald, trumpet
Helen Sanger, trumpet
Stephen Peneycad, trumpet
Kate Hainsworth, horn
Alex Hambleton, horn
Craig Beattie, trombone
Fabian Schmidt, trombone
Yao Cong Tan, tuba
Stephen King, organ
Cosmopolitan Brass
Chris Gardner, conductor

 

 

Autumn 2010...

On 13th November 2010 at Brentwood Cathedral,  at 19:30

Cosmopolitan Brass, Stephen King (Organ)

Theme and Variations Op.7 for Brass Quartet

Five Dances for Organ Op.179

Sonata Secolare Op. 117

And a talk by Chris Gardner about his father

Food and drink  afterwards 

Everyone is welcome, but please reply to

chris@johnlintongardner.co.

 

Ancient Sorceries, Music for countertenor and recorder, is now available from Guild Records and includes John Gardner's  Six by Four   From the official blurb: "John Gardner's Shakespeare songs are brimful of winning melody, the concluding setting of "When that I was and a little tiny boy" being in his most infectious "pop" style"

Buy direct from Guild Records here

 

 

Five Organ Dances, Op.179...

New publication....we are pleased to announce a new collaboration with Scorestore Music, an excellent on-line music store and publisher run by David Walder, by which they now publish John Gardner's Five Dances for Organ Op.179. This is available at the click of button for £11 plus postage and packing. Scorestore can also supply copies to the trade.

The Twelve Days of Christmas...

A lost score has been found. The score for The Twelve Days of Christmas (no opus number) has been discovered in John Gardner's study. A much-loved favourite at St Paul's Girls' School we are pleased that we will have performing material available for Christmas 2011. It is scored for unison voices and orchestra (flute, oboe, 3 clarinets, basson, trumpet, 2 percussion, timpani. piano, organ and strings.

New CD imminent...

We have a new CD coming out soon on Toccata Classics (TOCC 0048) featuring the brass and organ music of John Gardner.  As well as new recordings of Sonata da Chiesa Op.136, Theme and Variations for Brass Quartet Op.7 it will include first recordings of the following works:-

Sonata Secolare Op.117

Flourish for a Wedding Op. 162

Easter Fantasy Op. 242

Five Dances for Organ Op.179

The performers are Paul Archibald (trumpet) Helen Sanger (trumpet) Stephen King (organ), with Cosmopolitan Brass and conducted by the composer's son, Chris Gardner. It was recorded in the magnificent acoustic of Brentwood Cathedral and we hope to announce a launch event very soon.

 
Five Organ Dances, Op.179...

William Saunders' latest CD features John Gardner's Five Dances for Organ, Op.179. The CD, called "Animal Parade" is being launched at Brentwood Cathedral on 12th October

Animal Parade

Christmas 2008...

The December BBC Music Magazine contains a "Top 10" of Christmas Carols. At numbers 6 & 7 we find John Gardner's Tomorrow shall be my dancing day and John Joubert's There is no rose. The chart was compiled from a survey of leading British and American choral conductors and provides an interesting contrast to the more ersatz lists published at this time of the year by Classic FM..

The Westminster Boys' Choir performed End of Term from the Irreverent Rhymes, Op.225 in BBC's Choir of the Year competition in November. This has generated some interest in the piece, and we are pleased to be able to offer this delightfully witty piece as a single publication. e-mail us to ask for details.

And we have also just heard that John Turner has recently recorded 6 by 4 Op.181 and that the CD containing it should be out in the Spring. More about this when we have the details....

 
   
We have recently come across a release on the Boston Skyline label of the 1960s CDs of Christmas Music recorded by Louis Halsey and the Elizabethan Singers. These CDs introduced many new Christmas carols by leading composers of the day (incluing John Joubert, Malcolm Williamson and Peter Maxwell Davies) in stunning performances by one of the leading choirs of the day. The CD contains three by John Gardner - the jazzy arrangement of We Wish You a Merry Christmas with its Count Basie-inspired piano accompaniment, The First Nowell, and When Christ Was Born of Mary Free. Catalogue Number BS124, available direct from Boston Skyline Records in the USA

Meanwhile Alex James, the bassist with Blur explained his perfect Winter Saturday evening to readers of the Independent in his column in The Independent on 12th November this year:-

"The wind blew force 11 on Saturday night, harder than it's ever hammered before, thumping on windows, blowing clean through walls and slamming unseen doors upstairs. Claire was out and I sat content and alone, trying to concentrate on exactly what was going on in the verses of John Gardner's rhapsody "Tomorrow shall be my Dancing Day". I'm 40 next week and I suppose that is about my idea of a perfect Saturday night. Taking a song to pieces by the fire, anticipating my wife's merry return. What a tune!"

Finally,  I Saw Three Ships, the "quodlibet" which inspired a letter to the Times and discussion on Radio 3 last year, is being performed on 20th December at the Alton Maltings Centre, by the Alton Choral Society, with audience and orchestra.

latest publication...

Peacock Press have added to their catalogue of John Gardner's recorder music with the publication of Six by Four, Op.181, settings of six texts by Shakespeare for cuontertenor, treble recorder, cello and harpsichord. This retails at £13.50, catalogue reference  PJT 112, and Peacock Press now has an online store.

new Lyrita release...

 
 
Due out on 8th May, Lyrita have re-issued the 1970 recording by the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble of the Theme and Variations Op.7. This was the first work commissioned by the PJBE, at the time when Philip Jones was in the Covent Garden Orchestra and John Gardner was working as a repetiteur. It is on Lyrita SRCD 307 and already listed on the Presto website.

Review on Music Web International

Link to Presto Classical

just posted on Youtube...

a lively performance of Fight the Good Fight by the Scottish National Youth Choir conducted by Christopher Bell. The original broadcast was in November 2006.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=JKT-sWzQC4s

and on Radio WGUC...

Earl Rivers directs a lovely performance of the Waltzsongs, recorded in February 2007.

Listen Here

a curiosity...

A search of the internet recently turned up a recording of a work by John Gardner's grandfather, John Twiname Gardner, who earned his living as a Doctor in Ilfracombe in the late 19th early 20th centuries. The work in question is Cunard White Star, which has been recorded by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra on their More Candy CD. We spoke to their conductor, Rick Benjamin, who believed that this piece was the offiical theme tune for Cunard White Star and would have been played by the orchestra on board Titanic. It was a surprise to him to learn that J.T.Gardner was English and not American. The CD is on sale direct from the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra.

2008 recordings...

We are still working on plans for a CD of choral music, and will announce the details when they are known. Meanwhile, John Turner is planning to include Six by Four on a CD of British music for counter tenor and recorder. This is due to be released on the Dutton label later this year. The CD will also contain works by John Joubert, Nicholas Marshall, Richard Steinitz, Arthur Butterworth and John McCabe.       

A little controversy...

Shortly before Christmas, a letter from one of JG's Paulina pupils was published in the Times. It described how JG would ask the audience to sing What shall we do with the drunken sailor? whilst the school choir were performing JG's arrangement of I saw three ships. The story was taken up by a Radio 3 presenter who apparently invited listeners to "try it at home". Of course, the two songs do not go together - and JG's arrangement of three ships used the same harmonic structure as drunken sailor. Geoffrey Brace, for whose school the arrangement had been written, called the BBC to correct the mistake and apparently they duly broadcast the John Gardner arrangement.

2007 best sellers...During 2007 we made a number of John Gardner's unpublished works available in print for the first time. During the year the best selling titles included the following:-

Waltzsongs, Op.224 - this was performed at the birthday concert at Brentwood Cathedral and also by the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati, a professional choir whose conductor Earl Rivers reported that "The engaging, playful English texts and the manner in which Gardner progresses through distantly related keys were delightful to the ear. For the musicians and audience members, Waltzsongs proved to be the highlight of the program."

 

Five Dances for Organ, Op.179. The New Zealand based organist Martin Setchell took the Jig from the Five Dances on tour with him, and released it on CD early in the year.

 

Marche Militaire (Schubert, arr. Gardner). Written in 1974 for the piano museum in Ealing, this classic "musical switch" was the ideal encore at many concerts in 2007, culminating with Graham Johnson and Imogen Cooper bringing the house down at Claus Moser's 85th birthday party at Covent Garden.

 

Entry of the Three Kings (1951). Having been discovered as a result of the recording by John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir, this little piece, which was written for the 1951 Springhead Play continued to sell well in the run up to Christmas and looks like establishing itself as a staple for the Christmas season. It is particular suited to the ceremony of 9 lessons as there are not very many carols which describe the arrival of the Three Kings.

 

Christmas 2007....

Christmas is the time of year when you are most likely to hear John Gardner's music, thanks to the continuing popularity of Tomorrow shall be my dancing day and The Holly and the Ivy. On 8th December

Bearsted Choral Society welcomed John Gardner to their performance of his Cantata for Christmas, Op.82 conducted by Peter Ashley and accompanied on the organ by Martin Hogben. Pictured with JG in the front row are (l. to r.) Peter Ashley; Maggie Bloor (soprano); Frances Coppola (mezzo soprano); David Clark (tenor); Brian White (bass) and Martin Hogben.

 

On 21st December the BBC Radio 3 are broadcasting a number of pieces during Afternoon on 3. These are When Christ was born of Mary free, There is no rose, Sunny Bank Carol and The Turning Year, Op.19. The broadcast starts at 1pm and Gardner's pieces are interspersed throughout the afternoon with works by David Matthews and Prokofieff. The full playlist is in the Radio Times and also on the BBC website.

 

Meanwhile voting is open for Classic FM's favourite Christmas carol. They have resolved last year's confusion by making the votes for Tomorrow shall be my dancing day clear as between the Gardner version and the traditional song.

70th, 80th and 90th birthdays celebrated...

22nd November 2007: The BBC Singers, conducted by Stephen Cleobury recorded a programme of uaccompanied choral works by John Gardner (90), John Joubert (80) and Richard Rodney Bennett (70 last year). These will be the first broadcast performances for most of the works. The picture (right) shows Johns Joubert (left) and Gardner (right), with Stephen Cleobury seated behind.

The new works were Joubert's Five Songs of Incarnation and Richard Rodney Bennett's   Serenades. John Gardner was represented by The Turning Year, Op.19, four settings of seasonal poems by Christopher Scaife which were written in 1953, but revised for the first performance, given in 1966 by John Eliot Gardiner. The programme was rounded off by 3 Christmas works by Gardner; the well-known When Christ was born of Mary Free, There is no rose, and Sunny Bank Carol. The diary page has details of the broadcast.

And finally, some trivia... In 2001 the New Zealand post office produced a set of stamps inspired by Christmas Carols. The 40c stamp was inscribed  'In Excelsis Gloria', and described as follows:- "The text comes in this case from the carol 'When Christ Was Born of Mary Free', set by John Gardner in 1963 to a 15th Century text."

American Choral Directors' Association tribute to John Gardner...

September 2007

In the September issue of the ACDA Journal, Philip Brunelle has assembled some impressive tributes to John Gardner in his 90th birthday year. Louis Halsey sums up the sentiments in the article, "John Gardner has made a sizeable contribution to the wonderful heritage of choral music. It  deserves to be sought out, performed, and enjoyed.", whilst Stephen Cleobury writes "we salute you in your 90th year for your musicianship, and for your great humanity."

The following conductors chose the following works as their favourites:-

    Available from:
David Willcocks Seven Songs, Op.36 OUP (Banks)
Simon Carrington Four Carols, Op.109 OUP (Banks)
Stephen Cleobury Hail the Day that sees Him rise, Op.24 OUP (Banks)
  The End is the Beginning, Op.84 OUP (Banks)
Earl Rivers Waltzsongs, Op.224 info@johnlintongardner.co.uk
Louis Halsey A Latter-Day Athenian Speaks, Op.51 OUP (Banks)
Philip Brunelle Mass in D, Op.169 OUP (Banks)

Reviews of the Naxos CD...

The Sunday Telegraph (Michael Kennedy)

 The Symphony 1 of John Gardner, now 90, had a big success at the 1951 Cheltenham Festival but was soon dismissed by trendsetters who wanted only serialism and cacophony. This splendid recording proves that it as good as one thought it over 50 years ago. It is a big work, lasting 40 minutes, and a remarkable Opus 2. The Piano Concerto was also a Cheltenham premiere (1957) but less successful at the time. It is a virtuoso piece, well suited to Peter Donohoe's engaging advocacy.

The Gramophone (Edward Greenfield)

A brilliant birthday tribute to a shamefully neglected composer 

This coupling of two of John Gardner's major works, plus a sparkling comedy overture, could not be more welcome. Celebrating his 90th birthday this year, he has always been astonishingly prolific; maybe one reason for his neglect when there is so much to choose from.

 The First Symphony (1946-47), the most extended work on the new disc, is in four movements spanning more than 40 minutes. The idiom is more abrasive than in Gardner's later works, with a grinding slow introduction leading to an Allegro with echoes of Walton in its jazzy syncopations, though with sharper harmonies. A chartering Scherzo in triple time leads to a Lento slow movement with whole-tone passages and orchestration echoing Debussy and Ravel. The finale is strongly rhythmic. As always in Gardner's music the orchestration is brilliantly clear, and after an interlude of stillness, the work ends with a ripe and optimistic D major chord.

The First Piano Concerto (1957) offers a contrasted idiom in its percussive echoes of the Bartok concertos, suiting Peter Donohoe's strong style admirably in a performance brilliantly backed by David Lloyd-Jones and the RSNO. The clangorous opening movement leads to a still slow movement with echoes of Bartok but also of John Ireland. The finale brings more echoes of Walton and Arnold in music that is invariably attractive and distinctive. The disc is dazzlingy rounded off with a rumbustious comedy overture Midsummer Ale, which I hope will bring renewed attention to the composer's most attractive music.

Music Web

Classics Today

Manchester Evening News

Classical Lost and Found

The Scotsman

Colin Anderson in Classical Source

Andrew Clements in the Guardian

Naxos: David's Review Corner

Customer review on Amazon.co.uk

Radioio.com

Albion Magazine Online

Autumn Events...

On 19th September at Brentwood Cathedral, Stephen King is putting on a lunchtime concert for choir and organ which will include some of Gardner's most popular pieces.  This will include Sonata da Chiesa, Op.136, Five Hymns in Popular Style, Op.54, Waltzongs, Op.224 (Details here).

On Tuesday 9th October at 7pm we have the British Music Society lecture recital which will survey Gardner's life and music.

On Sunday 14th October in the afternoon, Antiphonia are putting on a joint birthday concert of music by Johns Joubert (80 this year) and Gardner.

The first sighting this year of Tomorrow shall be my dancing day comes with the release of a recording by the Gloucester Cathedral Choir. Many more are listed in the new John Gardner discography!

Finally, we hear that a performance of A Burns Sequence is being prepared by Alleyn's School Choral Society, to take place in November. More details when we have them....

The British Music Society celebrates John Gardner's 90th birthday...

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Lecture-Recital no. 12: John Gardner – His Life and Music

 

 

 

 

 

 

To be given by Christopher Gardner, on Tuesday 9 October 2007 at 7.00pm, in the Jubilee Room , New Cavendish Club.

For additional details, please click here.
 

Newly Released...

28th August 2007 - the Naxos CD is finally released in their "British Piano Concerto" series.  The catalogue number is 8570406 and the disc is available from the leading online stores.

Midsummer Ale, Op.73; Piano Concerto No.1 in Bb, Op.34; Symphony No.1 in D minor, Op.2

Peter Donohoe (Piano), David Lloyd Jones (Conductor), Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Here's a link to the Presto Classical site:- http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/wx/109153, and here's the write up from MDT mail order who are also selling the disc:-

A victim of late ’50s Darmstadtism, Gardner’s music is making a welcome comeback” Gramophone.

 The English composer John Gardner has been largely neglected, in spite of his prolific output. His career began with great promise before the war, to be resumed gradually afterwards, but seldom with the success he seemed to deserve.

 This recording should help to re-establish his reputation with two relatively early works written in the post-war years, the Symphony No. 1, “a superbly crafted work... by a subtle and imaginative orchestrator” (Paul Conway/MusicWeb International) and the Piano Concerto No. 1, both premièred by Barbirolli. The Piano Concerto here receives only its third performance.

 Midsummer Ale is a classic piece of British light music with delightfully catchy melodies.

New publications

July 2007 - Peacock Press have issued John Gardner's Petite Suite for Recorder and Strings, Op.245. This was work was written for John Turner and has been recorded by him on the White Line record label. The score is on sale and string parts are on sale or hire. The piano reduction is in preparation. Peacock are also preparing Six by Four settings of Shakespeare songs for 1 or 2 recorders, counter tenor, cello and harpsichord.

Peacock Press can be contacted at Scout Bottom Farm, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, HX7 5JS. Tel 01422 882751, Fax 01422 886157.

 

John Gardner online

 Recordings of a number of John Gardner's orchestral and other works are now available as downloads from Classical.Com Use the link on the right to find them.....

 

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90th Birthday Dinner and Concert

 

The dinner and concert at Eagle House on 20th March was a sell out. We will be posting a report and some more pictures in due course.

The Naxos CD (Symphony No.1, Piano Concerto No,1 and Midsummer Ale) is now scheduled for an  August release. (Naxos 8.570406).

Another birthday concert is being planned for September and we would also like to draw attention to the fact that the British Music Society will be holding an illustrated talk on John Gardner's music on the evening of Thursday 4th October,  in London. Full details to follow.

 

 
 

 

 

"Animated Individuality"

Patric Standford has written an affectionate tribute to JG which has been published in the March/April edition of Choir and Organ, from which we quote: "John Gardner was quickly recognised by real and practical musicians as a composer with a rare symphonic instinct, imaginative orchestral command, lively, diverse and accessible ideas and a particular aptitude for creating choral and vocal music." The article will contain a number of previously unpublished photos.

John Gardner is also featured in article in the the current edition of Oxford Music Now, Oxford University Press's bi-annual composer magazine.

November 2006 - World Premiere recordings

Plans are now well advanced for the release of three of John Gardner's most significant orchestral works. In November, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by David Lloyd-Jones recorded the Symphony No.1 in D minor, Op.2, the Piano Concerto No.1 in Bb, Op.34  (with Peter Donohoe) and the overture Midsummer Ale, Op.73. The CD is scheduled for release by Naxos Records in September 2007. Pictured on the right are (l. to r.) David Lloyd-Jones, Peter Donohoe & JLG.

Following its first performance at Cheltenham in 1951, the Symphony has been performed and broadcast many times over the years by several orchestras and conductors. The Piano Concerto did not fare so well following a disappointing first performance by Cyril Preedy and Barbirolli at the 1957 Cheltenham Festival, and has only been performed one more time since, by Malcolm Binns and conducted by Adrian Boult, at the Royal Festival Hall. The boisterous Midsummer Ale Overture is another comparative rarity, and it is also being taken into the repertoire of the Hampshire Youth Orchestra for performances next year.

 

Publication of Four Songs, Op.235

July 2006 - Peacock Press have issued John Gardner's Four Songs to poems by Thomas Hardy, Op.235. This 11 minute work comprises settings of The Selfsame Song, The Singing Woman, First or Last, and A Bygone Occasion are scored for mixed voices, treble recorder and 'cello. They are dedicated to John Turner, who has prepared the edition for publication. Vocal score, recorder and 'cello parts are available on sale.

Peacock Press Catalogue Number PJT 070

Peacock Press can be contacted at Scout Bottom Farm, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, HX7 5JS. Tel 01422 882751, Fax 01422 886157.

 

3rd recording for Sonata da Chiesa

Michael Tunnell, the Professor of Trumpet at the University of Louisville has recently recorded Gardner's Sonata da Chiesa sopra una thema di Claudio Monteverdi Op.136 on  Centaur Records. This is the third commercially available recording of this successful work for two trumpets and organ. Written in 1976 for Michael Laird, John Wilbraham and John Birch, it has enjoyed many performances and broadcasts. Visit the Oxford University Press website for details of the printed score. For information about Gardner's other works for brass and organ, visit the catalogues page.

Publication of the Petite Suite for Recorder and Strings, Op.245

 

This charming work, written for the indefatigable John Turner, and recorded by him on the White Line Label ("English Recorder Concertos") is being prepared for publication with a piano reduction by Peacock Press. We will provide full details when the work is available...

Vocal Score for Entry of the Three Kings now available

In 1950, John Gardner wrote this 5 minute piece for the Christmas production at Springhead, the childhood home of the conductor John Eliot Gardiner. Scored for SATB chorus with oboe and optional violin, vocal scores can now be purchased from this website. Visit the unpublished works page. The recording, by the Monteverdi Choir conducted by John Eliot Gardiner is available on the CD "Once as I remember" (Phillips 462050) is available from all good record stores, online shops and from Napster and the iTunes Music Store. We are expecting soon to be able announce the first USA performance, taking place this Christmas....