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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 Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (, BOH-ee), was an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry ...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 (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and record and film producer who gained worldwide fame as bass player for the Beatles. His ...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 (born 3 December 1948) is an English singer, songwriter, actor and reality television star who rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of ...more
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Keith Richards is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 75
Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter, best known as the co-founder, guitarist, secondary vocalist, and co-principal songwriter of the Rolling ...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 Chaplin (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. He became a worldwide icon through ...more
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Boy George is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 57
Boy George (born George Alan O'Dowd; 14 June 1961) is an English singer, songwriter, DJ and fashion designer. He is the lead singer of the pop band Culture Club. At the height of the band's ...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 (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer and songwriter. She was known for her deep, expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, ...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 (born 2 October 1951), known as Sting, is an English musician and actor. He was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the new wave rock band the ...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 (23 August 1946 – 7 September 1978) was an English drummer for the rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. His ...more
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Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 78
Sir Richard Starkey (born 7 July 1940), known professionally as Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. He ...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, 10 May 1957 – 2 February 1979) was an English bassist and vocalist. He achieved fame as a member of the punk rock band the Sex Pistols, replacing Glen ...more
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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 60
Helen Folasade Adu, (Yoruba: Fọláṣadé Adú [fɔ̄láʃādé ādú]; born 16 January 1959), known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade ( shah-DAY), is a ...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 (22 December 1949 – 20 May 2012) was a British singer, songwriter and record producer, who gained worldwide fame as a member of the pop group the Bee Gees with older brother ...more
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Eric Idle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 75
Eric Idle (born 29 March 1943) is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, author, singer-songwriter, musician, writer, and comedic composer. Idle was a member of the British surreal comedy ...more
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Slash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 53
Saul Hudson (born July 23, 1965), better known by his stage name Slash, is a British–American musician and songwriter. He is the 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 "Benny" Hill (21 January 1924 – 20 April 1992) was an English comedian and actor, best remembered for his television programme The Benny Hill Show, an amalgam of ...more
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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 (or Frederick) Handel (; born Georg Friederich Händel [ˈɡeːɔɐ̯k ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈhɛndl̩] (listen); 23 February 1685 (O.S.) [(N.S.) 5 March] – 14 April 1759) was a German, ...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 (; born Brian Peter George Eno, 15 May 1948) is an English musician, record producer, visual artist, and theorist best known for his ...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 (born George Percy Grainger; 8 July 1882 – 20 February 1961) was an Australian-born composer, arranger and pianist who lived in the United States from 1914 on and became ...more
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George Sanders is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Composers from England
Dec. at 66 (1906-1972)
George Henry Sanders (3 July 1906 – 25 April 1972) was a British film and television actor, singer-songwriter, music composer, and author. His career as an actor spanned over forty years. His ...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 (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with ...more
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Damon Albarn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 50
Damon Albarn (; born 23 March 1968) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the lead singer of the rock band Blur and as the co-founder, lead vocalist, ...more
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Petula Clark is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 86
Petula Clark, CBE (born Sally Olwen Clark, 15 November 1932) is a British singer, actress and composer whose career spans eight decades. Clark's professional career began as an entertainer ...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 () (c. 10 September 1659 – 21 November 1695) was an English composer. Although incorporating Italian and French stylistic elements into his compositions, Purcell's legacy was a ...more
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Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 73
Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter best known as the guitarist, backing and secondary lead vocalist, principal ...more