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Famous Conductors from England

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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.

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.

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  • 1
    Dec. at 63 (1913-1976)

    BirthplaceLowestoft, United Kingdom

    Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a...  more

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  • 2
    Dec. at 76 (1857-1934)

    BirthplaceBroadheath, United Kingdom

    Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet (; 2 June 1857 – 23 February 1934) was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among...  more
  • 3
    Dec. at 77 (1933-2011)

    BirthplaceYork, England

    John Barry Prendergast, (3 November 1933 – 30 January 2011) was an English composer and conductor of film music. He composed the scores for 11 of the James Bond films between 1963 and 1987, and also...  more
  • 4

    BirthplaceManchester, United Kingdom

    Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (8 September 1934 – 14 March 2016) was an English composer and conductor. In 2004 he was made Master of the Queen's Music.As a student at both the University of Manchester...  more
  • 5
    Dec. at 84 (1921-2006)

    BirthplaceNorthampton, United Kingdom

    Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold (21 October 1921 – 23 September 2006) was an English composer. His works feature music in many genres, including a cycle of nine symphonies, numerous concertos, concert...  more
  • 6
    Dec. at 82 (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 and conductor who spent most of his performing career in Britain. He is widely considered one of the...  more
  • 7
    Dec. at 76 (1887-1963)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Oliver George Wallace (August 6, 1887 – September 15, 1963) was an English-born American composer and conductor. He was especially known for his film music compositions, which were written for many...  more
  • 8

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Thomas Adès (born 1 March 1971) is a British composer, pianist and conductor....  more
  • 9
    Dec. at 73 (1941-2014)

    BirthplaceNottingham, United Kingdom

    Christopher Jarvis Haley Hogwood (10 September 1941 – 24 September 2014) was an English conductor, harpsichordist, writer, and musicologist. Founder of the early music ensemble the Academy of...  more
  • 10
    Dec. at 79 (1928-2007)

    BirthplaceDukinfield, United Kingdom

    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 many well known...  more
  • 11
    Dec. at 81 (1931-2012)

    BirthplaceSurrey, United Kingdom

    David Sinclair Whitaker (6 January 1931 – 11 January 2012) was an English composer, songwriter, arranger, and conductor who was most active in the 1960s and 1970s. ...  more
  • 12
    Richard Egarr is a British conductor and keyboard player, performing on the harpsichord, fortepiano, organ and modern piano. He is the director of the period instrument orchestra the Academy of...  more
  • 13
    Colin Michael Touchin is a conductor, composer and music educator. He was educated at William Hulme's Grammar School and Keble College, Oxford....  more
  • 14

    BirthplaceEngland, Canterbury

    Trevor David Pinnock (born 16 December 1946) is a British harpsichordist and conductor. He is best known for his association with the period-performance orchestra The English Concert which he helped...  more
  • 15
    Dec. at 95 (1882-1977)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Leopold Anthony Stokowski (18 April 1882 – 13 September 1977) was an English conductor of Polish descent. One of the leading conductors of the early and mid-20th century, he is best known for his...  more
  • 16
    Dec. at 74 (1905-1980)

    BirthplaceVenice, Scorzè, Italy

    Annunzio Paolo Mantovani (Italian pronunciation: [anˈnuntsjo ˈpaːolo mantoˈvaːni]) (15 November 1905 – 29 March 1980), known mononymously as Mantovani, was an Anglo-Italian conductor, composer and...  more
  • 17

    BirthplaceManchester, United Kingdom

    John Roger Smalley AM (26 July 1943 – 18 August 2015) was an Anglo-Australian composer, pianist and conductor. Professor Smalley was a senior honorary research fellow at the School of Music,...  more
  • 18
    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 orchestrations...  more
  • 19

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    John Milford Rutter (born 24 September 1945) is an English composer, conductor, editor, arranger and record producer, mainly of choral music....  more
  • 20
    Dec. at 82 (1897-1980)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Adolph Deutsch (20 October 1897 – 1 January 1980) was a composer, conductor and arranger. He was born in London, England. In December 1911, he emigrated to the United States, settling in Buffalo. In...  more
  • 21
    Dec. at 87 (1917-2005)

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Robert Joseph Farnon CM (24 July 1917 – 23 April 2005) was a Canadian-born composer, conductor, musical arranger and trumpet player. As well as being a composer of original works (often in the light...  more
  • 22

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Simon Boswell (born 15 October 1956) 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...  more
  • 23

    BirthplaceLincoln, United Kingdom

    Sir Neville Marriner, (15 April 1924 – 2 October 2016) was an English violinist who became "one of the world's greatest conductors". He founded the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and his...  more
  • 24
    Dec. at 83 (1891-1975)

    BirthplaceBarnes, London, London, United Kingdom

    Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss (2 August 1891 – 27 March 1975) was an English composer and conductor. Bliss's musical training was cut short by the First World War, in which he served with...  more
  • 25
    Dec. at 77 (1925-2003)

    BirthplacePlymouth, United Kingdom

    Ronald Alfred Goodwin (17 February 1925 – 8 January 2003) 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...  more