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British composer, conductor and organist Christopher Tambling was born in Clevedon, Somerset on 13 May 1964 and studied organ with Malcolm McKelvey in Horsham and at St Peter's College, Oxford with Geoffrey Webber and David Sanger.
He taught at Sedbergh School in Cumbria, where he was organist from 1986 until 1989, and in Perth (Scotland), he was music director at Glenalmond College, city organist and conductor of the Perth City Orchestra.
He composed and arranged accessible choral and organ works, including a Missa Festiva for choir and organ (2013), and two albums of pieces for organ, British Album and Very British. As a composer he was commissioned by many schools and churches. He wrote his own method, The Church Organist, to train organists properly for accompanying hymns and providing suitable music for services. He also arranged Shine, Jesus, Shine for the organ.
From 1997 until his death from cancer in Somerset on 3 October 2015, aged fifty-one, Christopher Tambling was director of music at Downside School, and organist and master of the Downside Abbey Schola Cantorum.
Crossing Borders - Mike Wheeler listens to Hugh Morris at Derby Cathedral, beginning this year's summer organ recital series