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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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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 71 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 75 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 69 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 74 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
Died 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 56 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
Died 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 66 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
Died 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 77 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
Died 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 Sex Pistols, and ...more

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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 59 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
Died 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 52 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
Died 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
Died 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 69 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
Died 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
Died 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 85 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 World ...more

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Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Composers from England
Died 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 72 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

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Matt Berry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 43 Matthew Charles "Matt" Berry is an English actor, writer, comedian and musician. Berry is perhaps best known for his role as Douglas Reynholm in The IT Crowd, from 2007 until the final ...more

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Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 69 Yusuf Islam, commonly known by his former stage name Cat Stevens, is a British singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, humanitarian, and education philanthropist. His 1967 debut album reached ...more

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Anthony Burgess is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Composers from England
Died at 76 (1917-1993) John Anthony Burgess Wilson, FRSL – who published under the pen name Anthony Burgess – was an English writer and composer. From relatively modest beginnings in a Catholic family in Manchester, ...more

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Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 73 John Robert "Joe" Cocker, OBE was an English rock, blues and soul singer and musician who came to popularity in the 1960s. He was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in ...more

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M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 42 Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, better known by her stage name M.I.A., is an English recording artist of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage. She is also a songwriter, painter and director. ...more

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Ralph Vaughan Williams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Composers from England
Died at 86 (1872-1958) Ralph Vaughan Williams OM was an English composer of symphonies, chamber music, opera, choral music, and film scores. He was also a collector of English folk music and song; this collecting ...more

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Noël Coward is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Composers from England
Died at 74 (1899-1973) Sir Noël Peirce Coward was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a ...more

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Bill Wyman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 81 Bill Wyman is an English musician, record producer, songwriter and singer best known as the bassist for the English rock and roll band the Rolling Stones from 1962 until 1993. Since 1997, he has ...more

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Vinnie Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 53 Vincent Peter "Vinnie" Jones is a British actor and former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1984 to 1999 notably for Wimbledon, Leeds United, Sheffield United ...more

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Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Composers from England
Died at 77 (1857-1934) Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet, OM, GCVO was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known ...more

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Andrew Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 70 Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber is an English composer and impresario of musical theatre. Several of his musicals have run for more than a decade both in the West End and on Broadway. He ...more

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Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 64 Michael Gordon "Mike" Oldfield is an English musician and composer. His work blends progressive rock with world, folk, classical, electronic, ambient, and new-age. He is best known for ...more

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Lionel Bart is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Composers from England
Died at 69 (1930-1999) Lionel Bart was a writer and composer of British pop music and musicals, best known for creating the book, music and lyrics for Oliver!

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Rick Astley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 52 Richard Paul "Rick" Astley is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and radio personality. Widely known for his 1987 song, "Never Gonna Give You Up", a No. 1 hit single in ...more

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PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 48 Polly Jean Harvey, MBE, known as PJ Harvey, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, writer, poet, composer and occasional artist. Primarily known as a vocalist and guitarist, she is also ...more

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George Martin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 92 Sir George Henry Martin CBE is an English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician. He is sometimes referred to as "the Fifth Beatle" in reference to ...more

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John Barry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Composers from England
Died at 78 (1933-2011) John Barry Prendergast, OBE was an English composer and conductor of film music. He composed the soundtracks for 11 of the James Bond films between 1963 and 1987, and also arranged and performed ...more

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Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Composers from England
Died at 60 (1874-1934) Gustav Theodore Holst was an English composer, arranger and teacher. Best known for his orchestral suite The Planets, he composed a large number of other works across a range of genres, although ...more

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Jon Lord is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Composers from England
Died at 71 (1941-2012) John Douglas "Jon" Lord was an English composer, pianist, and Hammond organ player known for his pioneering work in fusing rock with classical or baroque forms, especially with Deep ...more

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Michael Tippett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Composers from England
Died at 93 (1905-1998) Sir Michael Kemp Tippett OM CH CBE was an English composer who rose to prominence during and immediately after the Second World War. In his lifetime he was sometimes ranked with his contemporary ...more

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Roger Meddows Taylor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 68 Roger Meddows Taylor is an English musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He is best known as the drummer of the rock band Queen, but has also served as occasional songwriter ...more

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Bill Oddie is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 76 William Edgar "Bill" Oddie OBE is an English writer, composer, musician, comedian, artist, ornithologist, conservationist and television presenter. He became famous as one of The ...more

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Peter Maxwell Davies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 83 Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, CH, CBE is an English composer and conductor. In 2004 he was made Master of the Queen's Music.

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Malcolm Arnold is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Composers from England
Died at 85 (1921-2006) Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold, CBE was an English composer. He gained a reputation for composing light music, film scores, works for theatre, ballets and symphonies.

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Edward McGuire is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Composers from England
age 70 Edward McGuire is a Scottish composer. He studied composition with James Iliff at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 1966 to 1970 and then with Ingvar Lidholm in Stockholm in 1971. His ...more