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List of notable or famous conductors from England, with bios and photos, including the top conductors born in England and even some popular conductors who immigrated to England. If you're trying to find out the names of famous English conductors then this list is the perfect resource for you. These conductors are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known conductor from England is included when available.

This list contains people like John Barry and Leopold Stokowski.

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Benjamin Britten is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. 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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Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. 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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John Barry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. 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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Peter Maxwell Davies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Conductors 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) 5 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. 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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Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Died at 83 (1916-1999) Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin, OM, KBE was an American-born violinist and conductor who spent most of his performing career in the United Kingdom. He became a citizen of Switzerland in 1970, and ...more

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Oliver Wallace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. at 76 (1887-1963) Oliver George Wallace was an English-born American composer and conductor. He was especially known for his film music compositions, which were written for many animation, documentary, and ...more

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Thomas Adès is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Conductors from England
age 47 Thomas Adès is a British composer, pianist and conductor.

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Christopher Hogwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. at 73 (1941-2014) Christopher Jarvis Haley Hogwood CBE was an English conductor, harpsichordist, writer, and musicologist. Founder of the early music ensemble the Academy of Ancient Music, he was an authority on ...more

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Ronnie Hazelhurst is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. at 79 (1928-2007) Ronald "Ronnie" Hazlehurst was an English composer and conductor who, having joined the BBC in 1961, became its Light Entertainment Musical Director. He composed the theme tunes for ...more

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David Whittaker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. at 81 (1931-2012) David Whitaker is a film score composer.

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Richard Egarr is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Conductors from England
age 54 Richard Egarr is a British keyboard performer, on the harpsichord, fortepiano and modern piano, and conductor. He received his musical training as a choirboy at York Minster, at Chetham's School ...more

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Colin Touchin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Colin Touchin age 65 Colin Michael Touchin is a conductor, composer and music educator. He was educated at William Hulme's Grammar School and Keble College, Oxford.

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Trevor Pinnock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Conductors from England
age 71 Trevor David Pinnock CBE is an English harpsichordist and conductor. He is best known for his association with the period-performance orchestra The English Concert which he helped found and ...more

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Leopold Stokowski is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Died at 95 (1882-1977) Leopold Anthony Stokowski was a British conductor of Polish and Irish descent. One of the leading conductors of the early and mid-20th Century, he is best known for his long association with the ...more

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Mantovani is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. at 75 (1905-1980) Annunzio Paolo Mantovani, known as Mantovani, was an Anglo-Italian conductor and light orchestra-styled entertainer with a cascading strings musical signature. The book British Hit Singles & ...more

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Roger Smalley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Conductors from England
age 74 Roger Smalley AM is a British–Australian composer, pianist and conductor. Professor Smalley is currently a senior honorary research fellow at the School of Music, University of Western Australia ...more

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Steve Sidwell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Steve Sidwell age 57 GRAMMY award winner, renowned arranger and composer Steve Sidwell has featured on numerous albums, television shows, advertising campaigns and films with his distinctive and innovative ...more

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John Rutter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Conductors from England
age 72 John Milford Rutter CBE is a British composer, conductor, editor, arranger and record producer, mainly of choral music.

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Adolph Deutsch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. at 83 (1897-1980) Adolph Deutsch was a composer, conductor and arranger. He was born in London, England. In 1914, Deutsch was "a Buffalo movie house musician", accompanying silent films. Deutsch began ...more

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Captain Bob Farnon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. at 88 (1917-2005) Robert Joseph Farnon was a Canadian-born composer, conductor, musical arranger and trumpet player. As well as being a famous composer of original works, he was recognised as one of the finest ...more

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Simon Boswell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Conductors from England
age 61 Simon Boswell is a BAFTA nominated British film score composer, conductor, producer and musician, with more than 90 credits to his name. He is known for combining mainly electronic elements with ...more

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Neville Marriner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Conductors from England
age 93 Sir Neville Marriner CBE is an English conductor and violinist.

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Arthur Bliss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. at 84 (1891-1975) Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, CH, KCVO was an English composer and conductor. Bliss's musical training was cut short by the First World War, in which he served with distinction in the army. ...more

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Ron Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. at 78 (1925-2003) Ronald Alfred "Ron" Goodwin was an English composer and conductor known for his film music. He scored over 70 films in a career lasting over fifty years. His most famous works included ...more

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Louis Cohen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Louis Cohen Louis Cohen was an English violinist and conductor. After playing for many years with the Hallé Orchestra, he formed the Merseyside Symphony Orchestra. Cohen presented free concerts for ...more

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Constant Lambert is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. at 46 (1905-1951) Leonard Constant Lambert was a British composer, conductor, and journalist.

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Thomas Beecham is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. at 82 (1879-1961) Sir Thomas Beecham, Bt, CH was an English conductor and impresario best known for his association with the London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic orchestras. He was also closely ...more

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Richard Hickox is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. at 60 (1948-2008) Richard Sidney Hickox CBE was an English conductor of choral, orchestral and operatic music.

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Colin Davis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. at 86 (1927-2013) Sir Colin Rex Davis, CH, CBE was an English conductor. He was particularly noted for his advocacy of the music of Hector Berlioz and of Michael Tippett.

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Frederic Hymen Cowen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. at 83 (1852-1935) Sir Frederic Hymen Cowen, was a British pianist, conductor and composer.

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David Osmond-Smith is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. at 61 (1946-2007) David Osmond-Smith (27 December 1946 - 31 May 2007) was a leading British musicologist, author, and academic. Born in Worthing, West Sussex, he was educated at Magdalen College school, Oxford ...more

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Bramwell Tovey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Conductors from England
age 64 Bramwell Tovey, OC OM is a British conductor and composer.

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William Alwyn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. at 80 (1905-1985) William Alwyn CBE, born William Alwyn Smith, was an English composer, conductor, and music teacher.

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Andrew Manze is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Conductors from England
age 53 Andrew Manze is an English conductor and former violinist. Manze was born in Beckenham, United Kingdom. In September 2014 he took up the position of Principal Conductor of the NDR Radio ...more

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Simon Rattle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Conductors from England
age 63 Sir Simon Denis Rattle, OM CBE, is an English conductor. He rose to international prominence during the 1980s and 1990s, while Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has ...more

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George Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Conductors from England
age 58 George William John Benjamin, CBE is a British composer of classical music. He is also a conductor, pianist and teacher. Benjamin's oeuvre has been described as exhibiting "consummate ...more

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Ivor Slaney is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. at 77 (1921-1998) Ivor Ernst Slaney was a prolific musical composer and conductor, notable for his work in film, television and radio. Slaney was educated at the Royal College of Music, and married Mary D Ludlow ...more

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James Seymour Brett is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Conductors from England
age 43 James Seymour Brett is an English composer and conductor.

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John Eliot Gardiner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Conductors from England
age 74 Sir John Eliot Gardiner, CBE is an English conductor.

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Sir Andrew Davis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Conductors from England
age 74 Sir Andrew Frank Davis CBE is a British conductor. He is currently music director and principal conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago, chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and ...more

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Ernest Irving is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. at 75 (1878-1953) Ernest Irving was an English composer and conductor, primarily remembered for his involvement in film music. Irving was born in Godalming, Surrey. He composed, among others, scores for the ...more

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Monty Norman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Conductors from England
age 90 Monty Norman is a singer and film composer best known for composing "The James Bond Theme".

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Edward Downes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. at 85 (1924-2009) Sir Edward Thomas Downes, CBE was an English conductor, specialising in opera. He was associated with the Royal Opera House from 1952, and with Opera Australia from 1970. He was also well known ...more

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Harry Bicket is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Conductors from England
age 57 Harry Bicket is a British conductor, harpsichordist and organist. He is particularly associated with the baroque and classical repertoire. Bicket was educated at Radley College, Christ Church, ...more

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Adrian Boult is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. at 94 (1889-1983) Sir Adrian Cedric Boult, CH was an English conductor. Brought up in a prosperous mercantile family, he followed musical studies in England and at Leipzig, Germany, with early conducting work in ...more

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Norrie Paramor is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. at 65 (1914-1979) Norrie Paramor was a conductor, record producer and composer.

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Herbert Menges is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Conductors from England
Dec. at 70 (1902-1972) Herbert Menges OBE was an English conductor and composer, who wrote incidental music to all of Shakespeare’s plays.

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Benjamin Wallfisch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Conductors from England
age 38 Benjamin Wallfisch is a film score composer.

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Antonio Pappano is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Conductors from England
age 58 Sir Antonio "Tony" Pappano is a British born, Italian naturalized conductor and pianist, music director of the Royal Opera House since 2002.