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Famous Composers from the United Kingdom

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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.

Use this list of renowned British composers to discover some new composers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
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    Elton John

    Elton John

    Age: 73

    BirthplacePinner, London, United Kingdom

    Sir Elton Hercules John (born 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and... more on Wikipedia

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    David Bowie

    BirthplaceBrixton, London, United Kingdom

    David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Paul McCartney

    BirthplaceWalton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

    Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Boy George

    Boy George

    Age: 59

    BirthplaceBexley, London, United Kingdom

    Boy George (born George Alan O'Dowd; 14 June 1961) is an English singer, songwriter, DJ and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5


    Age: 69

    BirthplaceWallsend, United Kingdom

    Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE (born 2 October 1951), known as Sting, is an English musician... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Dudley Moore

    Dudley Moore

    Dec. at 67 (1935-2002)

    BirthplaceHammersmith, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England

    Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE (19 April 1935 – 27 March 2002) was an English actor, comedian,... more on Wikipedia

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    Tim Curry

    Tim Curry

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceGrappenhall, United Kingdom

    Timothy James Curry (born 19 April 1946) is an English actor, voice artist, comedian and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Ringo Starr

    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom

    Sir Richard Starkey (born 7 July 1940), known professionally as Ringo Starr, is an English... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Sid Vicious

    Sid Vicious

    Dec. at 22 (1957-1979)

    BirthplaceEngland, London

    Sid Vicious (born John Simon Ritchie, 10 May 1957 – 2 February 1979) was an English bassist... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Gavin Rossdale

    BirthplaceLondon NW6, Eurasia, NW postcode area, London Borough of Brent, Kilburn

    Gavin McGregor Rossdale is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and actor, and is the lead... more on Wikipedia

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    Christopher Guest

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest (born February 5, 1948) is a British-American... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Robin Gibb

    Robin Gibb

    Dec. at 63 (1949-2012)

    BirthplaceDouglas, Isle of Man

    Robin Hugh Gibb (22 December 1949 – 20 May 2012) was a British singer, songwriter and record... more on Wikipedia

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    Eric Clapton

    BirthplaceRipley, England

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  • 14
    Eric Idle

    Eric Idle

    Age: 77

    BirthplaceSouth Shields, United Kingdom

    Eric Idle (born 29 March 1943) is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, author,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    George Sanders

    George Sanders

    Age: Died at 66 (1906-1972)

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    George Henry Sanders (3 July 1906 – 25 April 1972) was a British film and television actor,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Petula Clark

    BirthplaceEpsom, United Kingdom

    Petula Clark, CBE (born 15 November 1932) is a British singer, actress and composer whose... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Pete Townshend

    BirthplaceChiswick, London, England

    Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English multi-instrumentalist,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Richard Curtis

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis, (born 8 November 1956), is a British screenwriter, producer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Cat Stevens

    BirthplaceMarylebone, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England

    Yusuf Islam (born 21 July 1948), commonly known by his stage name Cat Stevens, and later... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Anthony Burgess

    Anthony Burgess

    Dec. at 76 (1917-1993)

    BirthplaceHarpurhey, Greater Manchester, North West England, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories

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    Age: 45

    BirthplaceEngland, London

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  • 22
    Matthew Bellamy

    BirthplaceCambridge, United Kingdom

    Matthew James Bellamy (born 9 June 1978) is an English singer, musician, and songwriter. He is... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Dec. at 86 (1872-1958)

    BirthplaceDown Ampney, United Kingdom

    Ralph Vaughan Williams ( (listen); 12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958) was an English composer.... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Vinnie Jones

    BirthplaceEngland, Watford

    Vincent Peter Jones (born 5 January 1965) is a British actor and former professional... more on Wikipedia

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    Tarsame Singh Saini

    BirthplaceCoventry, England

    Tarsame Singh Saini (born 23 May 1967, Coventry, United Kingdom), also known as Taz Stereo... more on Wikipedia