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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.

List people include David Bowie, Jimmy Page and more.

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
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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 world of popular music for over four decades, and is renowned as an innovator, particularly for his work in ...more

Age: 70

Birthplace: Brixton, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, + more

Credits: Labyrinth, Basquiat, The Hunger, The Man Who Fell to Earth

Also Ranked

#9 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#4 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#11 on The Best Singers of All Time

#61 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from England
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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 Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop music; his songwriting ...more

Age: 74

Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson, Record producer, Television director, + more

Credits: A Hard Day's Night, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, American Hustle, Vanilla Sky

Also Ranked

#44 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#7 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#10 on The Best Singers of All Time

#94 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Composers from England
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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 Sabbath, whose sound was influential to the development of heavy metal. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath in 1979 and ...more

Age: 68

Birthplace: Aston, United Kingdom

Profession: Songwriter, Television producer, Musician, Lyricist, Author, + more

Credits: This Is the End, Iron Man, Neighbors, Megamind

Also Ranked

#20 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#7 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

#65 on The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

#72 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

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Keith Richards is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from England
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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 greatest single body of riffs" on guitar and ranked him 4th on its list of 100 best guitarists. Fourteen songs that ...more

Age: 73

Birthplace: Dartford, United Kingdom

Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, + more

Credits: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, The Departed, Goodfellas, V for Vendetta

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#85 on Celebrities Who Just Seem Crazy to You

#51 on The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

#1 on The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

#67 on The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

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