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Chris Gardner was born in 1956, the son of the composer John Gardner. He received his musical training as a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music where he studied timpani, percussion, clarinet and piano, and then at Chris GardnerSussex University where he took a degree in music. He has worked most of his life for the Performing Right Society where he became IT Director, and he is currently Managing Director of ICE Services, a joint venture between PRS and its Swedish counterpart, Stim, based in Stockholm. Musical activity has had to take a back seat in recent years.....

After many years doing a variety of things like playing in jazz bands, rock 'n' roll bands, musical direction for stage musicals, he got back into "serious" music in 2007 when he took over the conductorship of Alton Choral Society a post he held until 2009.

As well as conducting Cantique, he writes music, regularly producing pieces for local performers. His The Battle of Alton was performed by Alton Concert Orchestra at the 2011 Last Night of the Proms, and his Hampshire Suite for country dance band and orchestra the year before. He also accompanies local choirs and music groups on an ad hoc basis. He particularly enjoys introducing the choir and its audiences to unfamiliar and challenging repertoire!

Last modified at 22:07 on 18 February 2012

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