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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
age 71
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 ...more

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
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) 3 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
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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Boy George is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
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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Sting is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
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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Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 67 (1935-2002)
Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE was an English actor, comedian, musician and composer. Moore first came to prominence in the UK as one of the four writer-performers in the comedy revue Beyond the ...more

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Tim Curry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
age 69
Timothy James "Tim" Curry is an English actor, singer, and composer, known for his work in a diverse range of theatre, film, and television productions, often portraying villainous ...more

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Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
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) 9 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
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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Gavin Rossdale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
age 53
Gavin McGregor Rossdale is an English musician and actor, known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Bush. Following Bush's separation in 2002, which lasted for eight years, ...more

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Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
age 71
Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest, better known as Christopher Guest, is an English-American screenwriter, composer, musician, director, actor, and comedian who holds dual British ...more

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Robin Gibb is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
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 Clapton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
age 73
Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE, is an English musician, singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as ...more

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Eric Idle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
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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George Sanders is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
Dec. 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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Petula Clark is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
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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Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
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

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Richard Curtis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
age 62
Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis, CBE is an English screenwriter, producer and film director, who was born in New Zealand to Australian parents. One of Britain's most successful comedy ...more

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Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
age 70
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) 20 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
Dec. 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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M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
age 43
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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Matthew Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
age 40
Matthew James Bellamy is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He is best known as the lead vocalist, lead guitarist, pianist, and principal songwriter of ...more

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Ralph Vaughan Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
Dec. 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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Vinnie Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
age 54
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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Tarsame Singh Saini is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Composers from the United Kingdom
age 51
Tarsame Singh Saini aka Taz born 23 May 1967, Coventry, West Midlands, United Kingdom, is a British singer, composer and actor of Indian descent. He is the lead singer of the pop band Stereo ...more