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Famous Conductors from England

Updated June 14, 2019 17.1k views150 items

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.

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

Use this list of renowned English conductors to discover some new conductors 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}
  • Benjamin Britten1

    Benjamin Britten

    Dec. at 63 (1913-1976)

    BirthplaceEast of England, Suffolk, Eurasia, United Kingdom, United Kingdom

    Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) was an English... more on Wikipedia

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  • Edward Elgar2

    Edward Elgar

    Dec. at 77 (1857-1934)

    BirthplaceBroadheath, United Kingdom

    Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet (; 2 June 1857 – 23 February 1934) was an English... more on Wikipedia


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  • John Barry3

    John Barry

    Dec. at 78 (1933-2011)

    BirthplaceYork, United Kingdom

    John Barry Prendergast, (3 November 1933 – 30 January 2011) was an English composer and... more on Wikipedia
  • Peter Maxwell Davies4

    BirthplaceManchester, United Kingdom

    Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (8 September 1934 – 14 March 2016) was an English composer and... more on Wikipedia
  • Malcolm Arnold5

    Malcolm Arnold

    Dec. at 85 (1921-2006)

    BirthplaceNorthampton, United Kingdom

    Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold (21 October 1921 – 23 September 2006) was an English composer. His... more on Wikipedia
  • Yehudi Menuhin6

    Yehudi Menuhin

    Dec. at 83 (1916-1999)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin, (22 April 1916 – 12 March 1999) was an American-born violinist... more on Wikipedia
  • Oliver Wallace7

    Oliver Wallace

    Dec. at 76 (1887-1963)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Oliver George Wallace (August 6, 1887 – September 15, 1963) was an English-born American... more on Wikipedia
  • Thomas Adès8

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Thomas Adès (born 1 March 1971) is a British composer, pianist and conductor.
  • Christopher Hogwood9

    Christopher Hogwood

    Dec. at 73 (1941-2014)

    BirthplaceNottingham, United Kingdom

    Christopher Jarvis Haley Hogwood (10 September 1941 – 24 September 2014) was an English... more on Wikipedia
  • 10

    Ronnie Hazelhurst

    Dec. at 79 (1928-2007)

    BirthplaceDukinfield, United Kingdom

    Ronald "Ronnie" Hazlehurst was an English composer and conductor who, having joined the BBC in... more on Wikipedia
  • 11

    David Whittaker

    Dec. at 81 (1931-2012)

    BirthplaceSurrey, United Kingdom

    David Sinclair Whitaker (6 January 1931 – 11 January 2012) was an English composer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Richard Egarr12
    Richard Egarr is a British conductor and keyboard player, performing on the harpsichord,... more on Wikipedia
  • 13

    Colin Touchin

    Age: 67
    Colin Michael Touchin is a conductor, composer and music educator. He was educated at William... more on Wikipedia
  • Trevor Pinnock14

    BirthplaceCanterbury, United Kingdom

    Trevor David Pinnock (born 16 December 1946) is a British harpsichordist and conductor. He is... more on Wikipedia
  • Leopold Stokowski15

    Leopold Stokowski

    Dec. at 95 (1882-1977)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Leopold Anthony Stokowski (18 April 1882 – 13 September 1977) was an English conductor of... more on Wikipedia
  • Mantovani16


    Dec. at 75 (1905-1980)

    BirthplaceVenice, Scorzè, Italy

    Annunzio Paolo Mantovani (Italian pronunciation: [anˈnuntsjo ˈpaːolo mantoˈvaːni]) (15... more on Wikipedia
  • Roger Smalley17

    BirthplaceManchester, United Kingdom

    John Roger Smalley AM (26 July 1943 – 18 August 2015) was an Anglo-Australian composer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 18

    Steve Sidwell

    Age: 59
    GRAMMY award winner, renowned arranger and composer Steve Sidwell has featured on numerous... more on Wikipedia
  • 19

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    John Milford Rutter (born 24 September 1945) is an English composer, conductor, editor,... more on Wikipedia
  • 20

    Adolph Deutsch

    Dec. at 83 (1897-1980)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Adolph Deutsch (20 October 1897 – 1 January 1980) was a composer, conductor and arranger. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 21

    Captain Bob Farnon

    Dec. at 88 (1917-2005)

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Robert Joseph Farnon CM (24 July 1917 – 23 April 2005) was a Canadian-born composer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Simon Boswell22

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Simon Boswell (born 15 October 1956) is a BAFTA-nominated British film score composer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 23

    BirthplaceLincoln, United Kingdom

    Sir Neville Marriner, (15 April 1924 – 2 October 2016) was an English violinist who became... more on Wikipedia
  • Arthur Bliss24

    Arthur Bliss

    Dec. at 84 (1891-1975)

    BirthplaceBarnes, London, London, United Kingdom

    Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss (2 August 1891 – 27 March 1975) was an English composer and... more on Wikipedia
  • Ron Goodwin25

    Ron Goodwin

    Dec. at 78 (1925-2003)

    BirthplacePlymouth, United Kingdom

    Ronald Alfred Goodwin (17 February 1925 – 8 January 2003) was an English composer and... more on Wikipedia