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Famous Composers from England

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List of notable or famous composers from England, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in England and even some popular composers who immigrated to England. If you're trying to find out the names of famous English composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from England is included when available.

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This historic composers from England list can help answer the questions "Who are some English composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from England?" These prominent composers of England may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected English composers.

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 72
David Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the ...more
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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 76
Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the ...more
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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 70
John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne is an English vocalist, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the rock band Black ...more
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Keith Richards is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 75
Keith Richards is an English musician, singer and songwriter, and one of the original members of the rock band the Rolling Stones. Rolling Stone magazine credited Richards for "rock's ...more
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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Composers from England
Dec. at 88 (1889-1977)
Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE was an English comic actor and filmmaker who rose to fame in the silent film era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona ...more
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Boy George is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 57
Boy George is a British singer-songwriter, who was part of the English New Romantic movement which emerged in the late 1970s to the early 1980s. His music is often classified as blue-eyed soul, ...more
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Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Composers from England
Dec. at 28 (1983-2011)
Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, jazz and reggae. Winehouse's 2003 ...more
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Sting is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 67
Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, known on stage as Sting, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor and philanthropist. He was principal songwriter, lead ...more
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Keith Moon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Composers from England
Dec. at 32 (1946-1978)
Keith John Moon was an English drummer who played with the English rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. In 2011, Moon was ...more
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Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 78
Richard Starkey Jr., MBE, better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English drummer, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. On ...more
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Sid Vicious is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Composers from England
Dec. at 22 (1957-1979)
Sid Vicious, born John Simon Ritchie, later named John Beverley, was an English bass guitarist, drummer and vocalist, most famous as a member of the influential punk group the S** Pistols. ...more
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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 60
Helen Folasade Adu, OBE, known as Sade, is a British Nigerian singer, songwriter, composer, and record producer. Following a brief stint of studying fashion design and modelling Adu began back ...more
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Robin Gibb is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Composers from England
Dec. at 63 (1949-2012)
Robin Hugh Gibb, CBE was a British singer, songwriter and record producer, best known as a member of the Bee Gees. He gained worldwide fame with his brothers Barry and Maurice Gibb. Besides, ...more
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Eric Idle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 75
Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, author, singer, writer and comedic composer. Idle is a member of the English surreal comedy group Monty Python, a member of the Rutles on Saturday Night ...more
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Slash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 53
Saul Hudson, better known by his stage name Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the former lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with ...more
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Benny Hill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Composers from England
Dec. at 68 (1924-1992)
Alfred Hawthorne Hill, known by his stage name Benny Hill, was an English comedian and actor, best remembered for his long-running television programme The Benny Hill Show.
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George Frideric Handel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Composers from England
Dec. at 74 (1685-1759)
George Frideric Handel was a German-born, British Baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos. Born in ...more
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Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 70
Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, RDI, professionally known as Brian Eno or simply Eno, is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer, and visual artist, known ...more
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Percy Grainger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Composers from England
Dec. at 79 (1882-1961)
Percy Aldridge Grainger was an Australian-born composer, arranger and pianist. In the course of a long and innovative career he played a prominent role in the revival of interest in British folk ...more
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George Sanders is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Composers from England
Died at 66 (1906-1972)
George Henry Sanders was an English film and television actor, singer-songwriter, music composer, and author. His career as an actor spanned more than 40 years. His upper-class English accent ...more
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Benjamin Britten is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Composers from England
Dec. at 63 (1913-1976)
Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM CH was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including ...more
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Damon Albarn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 50
Damon Albarn is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is the frontman of the Alternative rock band Blur as well as co-founder, vocalist and ...more
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Petula Clark is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 86
Petula Sally Olwen Clark, CBE is an English singer, actress, and composer whose career has spanned seven decades. Clark's professional career began as an entertainer on BBC Radio during WWII. ...more
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Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Composers from England
Dec. at 36 (1659-1695)
Henry Purcell, was an English composer. Although incorporating Italian and French stylistic elements into his compositions, Purcell's legacy was a uniquely English form of Baroque music. He is ...more
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Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 73
Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend is an English musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, known principally as the guitarist and songwriter for the rock group the ...more