May 20, 1850, Helston, Cornwall, England.
October 28, 1927, Brighton, England.
Faning is remembered as a teacher, choral conductor, and composer. His parents taught him the violin and pianoforte, and he was performing in local concerts by age five. He entered the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in 1870, studying under Sterndale Bennett, Steggall, Ciabatta, and Sullivan. In 1874, he won the Mendelssohn Scholarship, and three years later the Lucas medal for composition.
Faning began teaching at the RAM in 1874, and his operetta The Two Majors was performed there in 1877. He later taught at the National Training School and at Harrow School, from which he retired in 1901. He also found time to conduct the London Male Voice Club and the Madrigal Society. He received a MusB degree from Cambridge in 1894, and MusD in 1900.
Faning’s burial place