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List of notable or famous composers from the United Kingdom, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in the United Kingdom and even some popular composers who immigrated to the United Kingdom. If you're trying to find out the names of famous British 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 the United Kingdom is included when available.

Eric Clapton and David Bowie are included in this list.

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

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
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Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. In his five-decade career Elton John has sold ...more

Age: 70

Birthplace: Pinner, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more

Credits: The Lion King, American Hustle, Almost Famous, Australia

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#19 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#11 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#14 on The Best Singers of All Time

#89 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
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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) 3 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
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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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Boy George is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
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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, which is influenced by rhythm and blues and reggae. His 1990s and 2000s-era solo music has glam ...more

Age: 55

Birthplace: London, England

Profession: Performer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Disc jockey, + more

Credits: Fargo, The Day After Tomorrow, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Wedding Singer

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#11 on The Greatest English Pop Singers

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