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Tomorrow shall be my dancing day

John Gardner's setting of a 16th century Cornish song entranced a generation of girls. His death earlier this month may bring a revival of his works

By Joy Lo Dico   January 2012

John Gardner’s carol has entered the repertoire of King’s College choir

Girls from St Paul’s Girls’ School have a reputation, particularly among the boys who used to try step out with them, for being fiercely academic and unapproachable. But there is one way to make almost any pupil from this elite west London school to melt a little—to hammer out the opening chords of “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day.”

The words are taken from a 16th-century Cornish folk song, the music is a simple driving rhythm on a piano composed by John Gardner, music director of the school, as…

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