1 Mar

ECO at Cadogan Hall: John Gardner Centenary Celebration

19:30 Cadogan Hall

Gardner, who once tried to teach Paul McCartney about composition, was a prolific English
composer whose influences ranged from polyphony to Stravinsky to Bill Evans, and who is best
known for his setting of the carol Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day. Born on 2nd March 1917, he
was one of an illustrious succession of composers who were director of music at St Paul’s Girls’
School. Our conductor this evening, Hilary Davan Wetton, was director of music at St Paul’s from 1979 to 1994. This concert also
showcases two City Music Foundation artists, oboist Hannah Morgan and recorder player Tabea
Debus. Herbert Howells’ gorgeous but rarely heard Elegy, composed in 1917 in memory of a violist
friend killed in the Great War, will be played by Lawrence Power.

  1. Holst St Paul's Suite
  2. Gardner Concerto for Oboe and Strings
  3. Gardner Sinfonia Piccola
  4. Howells Elegy for Viola, String Quartet and String Orchestra
  5. Gardner Petite Suite for Recorder and Strings
  6. Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Hilary Davan Wetton
Lawrence Power
Tabea Debus
Hannah Morgan
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