Gundry, Inglis, English composer; b. London, May 8, 1905; d. there, April 13, 2000. He studied law at Balliol Coll., Oxford (M.A, 1927) and at the Middle Temple (1927-29) before pursuing his musical training with Vaughan Williams, Gordon Jacob, and R.O. Morris at the Royal Coll. of Music in London (1935-38). In 1936 he won the Cobbett Prize. From 1946 he lectured on music, and later was founder-music director of the Sacred Music Drama Soc. (1960-86). He publ. Opera in a Nutshell (1945), The Nature of Opera as a Composite Art (1947), and Composers by the Grace of God: A Study of Music and Religion (1989).
Works OPERA : Naaman: The Leprosy of War (1936-37); The Return of Odysseus (1938); The Partisans (London, May 28, 1946); Avon (London, April 11, 1949); The Tinners of Cornwall (London, Sept. 30, 1953); The Logan Rock (Porthcurno, Aug. 15, 1956); The Prince of Coxcombs (London, Feb. 3, 1965); The 3 Wise Men (Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, Jan. 7, 1967); The Prisoner Paul (London, Oct. 16, 1970); A Will of her Own (1971-73; London, May 31, 1985); The Rubicon (1981-83); Lindisfarne (1984-86); Claudia’s Dream (1986-89); Galileo (1992-93). OTHER: Variations on an Indian Theme for Orch. (1940); 5 Bells Suite for Chorus and Orch. (1942); Harp Concerto; orch. suites; Phantasy for String Quartet; solo harp pieces, including a Solo Harp Concerto; The Daytime of Christ, oratorio; song cycles.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire