WATCH: Musicians pay tribute to dying composer Richard Gill

HOW would you say goodbye to someone who has profoundly influenced your life?

That was the question pondered by a group of musicians who wanted to pay their last respects to famed Australian conductor Richard Gill.

Gill, 76, died in his Sydney home, surrounded by family, following a year-long battle with cancer on Sunday morning.

But the group of musicians gathered outside Gill's house would have eased his soul as they paid tribute to their mentor by playing his favourite song, Dam Busters March.

The troupe, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, was organised by Gill's longtime friend associate principal trumpet of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Paul Goodchild.