Famous 19th Century British Musicians

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 1 
Edward Elgar
(Composer)
Edward Elgar
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Birthdate: June 2, 1857
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Broadheath, England
Died: February 23, 1934
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Ralph Vaughan Williams
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Birthdate: October 12, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Down Ampney, England
Died: August 26, 1958
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Gustav Holst
(Was an English Composer)
Gustav Holst
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Birthdate: September 21, 1874
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Died: May 25, 1934
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 4 
William Herschel
(Astronomer Known for His Discovery of 'Uranus' and 'Infrared Radiation')
William Herschel
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Birthdate: November 15, 1738
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
Died: August 23, 1822

William Herschel was a German-born British astronomer and composer. He pioneered the use of astronomical spectrophotometry and discovered infrared radiation. Impressed by his work, King George III appointed him the Court Astronomer. Herschel often collaborated with his sister, Caroline Lucretia Herschel, a fellow astronomer. In 1816, he was made a Knight of the Royal Guelphic Order. 

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Thomas Beecham
(Conductor)
Thomas Beecham
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Birthdate: April 29, 1879
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St Helens, England
Died: March 8, 1961
 6 
Ivor Novello
(Actor, Playwright, Composer, Writer, Screenwriter, Songwriter)
Ivor Novello
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Birthdate: January 15, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cardiff
Died: March 6, 1951
 7 
John Barbirolli
(Musician)
John Barbirolli
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Birthdate: December 2, 1899
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 29, 1970
 8 
Myra Hess
(Pianist)
Myra Hess
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Birthdate: February 25, 1890
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 25, 1965
 9 
Arthur Sullivan
(Composer)
Arthur Sullivan
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Birthdate: May 13, 1842
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lambeth, London
Died: November 22, 1900
 10 
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
(Composer, Pianist, Conductor)
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
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Birthdate: August 15, 1875
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 1, 1912
 11 
Gracie Fields
(Actress, Singer who was highest paid film star in the world in 1937)
Gracie Fields
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Birthdate: January 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rochdale, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Died: September 27, 1979
 12 
Frederick Delius
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Birthdate: January 29, 1862
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bradford, England
Died: June 10, 1934
 13 
Muzio Clementi
(Composer)
Muzio Clementi
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Birthdate: January 23, 1752
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 10, 1832
 14 
Roots Manuva
(Rapper, Producer)
Roots Manuva
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Birthdate: September 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
 15 
Wallace Hartley
(Bandleader, Violinist)
Wallace Hartley
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Birthdate: June 2, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Colne, Lancashire, England
Died: April 15, 1912
 16 
Hubert Parry
(Composer)
Hubert Parry
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Birthdate: February 27, 1848
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bournemouth, England
Died: October 7, 1918

British composer Hubert Parry was a major figure behind the 19th-century revival of British music. Educated at Eton and Oxford, he later produced gems such as Songs of Farewell and Jerusalem, with the latter becoming an anthem of sorts during World War I. He was also a passionate sailor.

 17 
Arnold Bax
(Composer)
Arnold Bax
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Birthdate: November 8, 1883
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 3, 1953
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Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji
(Pianist, Composer, Music critic, Writer)
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji
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Birthdate: August 14, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Essex
Died: October 15, 1988
 19 
George Butterworth
(Composer, Musicologist)
George Butterworth
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Birthdate: July 12, 1885
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London
Died: August 5, 1916
 20 
Ethel Smyth
(The First Female Composer to be Granted a Damehood.)
Ethel Smyth
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Birthdate: April 22, 1858
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sidcup, England
Died: May 8, 1944

Ethel Smyth was an English composer whose compositions include songs, chamber music, works for piano, orchestral works, operas, and choral works. She was the first female composer to be granted a damehood. Ethel Smyth was also involved in the women's suffrage movement and is credited with composing The March of the Women, which became the anthem of the movement.

 21 
Herbert Howells
(Composer)
Herbert Howells
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Birthdate: October 17, 1892
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gloucestershire
Died: February 23, 1983
 22 
John Ireland
(composer, music educator, film score composer)
John Ireland
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Birthdate: August 13, 1879
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bowdon
Died: June 12, 1962
 23 
Frank Bridge
(Composer, Conductor, Music educator)
Frank Bridge
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Birthdate: February 26, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brighton
Died: January 10, 1941
William Sterndale Bennett
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Birthdate: April 13, 1816
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Died: February 1, 1875
 25 
Henry Wood
(Conductor)
Henry Wood
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Birthdate: March 3, 1869
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: August 19, 1944
 26 
Cecil Sharp
(Musician)
Cecil Sharp
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Birthdate: November 22, 1859
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 23, 1924
 27 
Adrian Boult
(Conductor)
Adrian Boult
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Birthdate: April 8, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chester, England
Died: March 24, 1983
 28 
Malcolm Sargent
(Music conductor)
Malcolm Sargent
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Birthdate: April 29, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ashford, Kent, England
Died: October 3, 1967
 29 
Richard D'Oyly Carte
(Talent agent)
Richard D'Oyly Carte
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Birthdate: May 3, 1844
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 3, 1901
 30 
Friedrich Hollaender
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Birthdate: October 18, 1896
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 18, 1976
 31 
Arthur Bliss
(Composer)
Arthur Bliss
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Birthdate: August 2, 1891
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Barnes, London, England
Died: March 27, 1975
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George Grossmith
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Birthdate: December 9, 1847
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Islington, London, England
Died: March 1, 1912
 33 
Michael Maybrick
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Birthdate: January 31, 1841
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Liverpool
Died: August 26, 1913
 34 
Havergal Brian
(Composer)
Havergal Brian
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Birthdate: January 29, 1876
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dresden, Stoke-on-Trent,England
Died: November 28, 1972
 35 
Roger Quilter
(Former composer, known particularly for his art songs)
Roger Quilter
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Birthdate: November 1, 1877
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hove, Sussex, United Kingdom
Died: September 21, 1953
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John Stainer
(Composer)
John Stainer
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Birthdate: June 6, 1840
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, Englanda
Died: March 31, 1901
 37 
Eugene Aynsley Goossens
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Birthdate: May 26, 1893
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 13, 1962
 38 
Samuel Wesley
(Organist)
Samuel Wesley
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Birthdate: February 24, 1766
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: October 11, 1837
 39 
Samuel Sebastian Wesley
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Birthdate: August 14, 1810
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 19, 1876
 40 
Cyril Meir Scott
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Birthdate: September 27, 1879
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oxton, Birkenhead, England
Died: December 31, 1970
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Charles Burney
(Musical Composer)
Charles Burney
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Birthdate: April 7, 1726
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Shrewsbury, England
Died: April 12, 1814
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Frederick Lonsdale
(Playwright)
Frederick Lonsdale
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Birthdate: February 5, 1881
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Helier, Jersey
Died: April 4, 1954
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Charles Dibdin
(Composer)
Charles Dibdin
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Birthdate: March 4, 1745
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Southampton, England
Died: July 25, 1814
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Johann Baptist Cramer
(British Pianist and Composer)
Johann Baptist Cramer
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Birthdate: February 24, 1771
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mannheim, Germany
Died: April 16, 1858

Johann Baptist Cramer was an English pianist, music publisher, and composer of German origin. The son of Wilhelm Cramer, Johann studied under Muzio Clementi and went on to become one of the greatest pianists of his time. Renowned for its technical perfection, Johann Cramer's playing style earned praises from popular pianists around the world, including Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Granville Bantock
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Birthdate: August 7, 1868
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 16, 1946
 46 
Ernest John Moeran
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Birthdate: December 31, 1894
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Heston and Isleworth, England
Died: December 1, 1950
 47 
Charlie Gillett
(Radio broadcaster)
Charlie Gillett
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Birthdate: February 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Morecambe, England
Died: March 17, 2010
 48 
Edward German
(Musician)
Edward German
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Birthdate: February 17, 1862
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Whitchurch, England
Died: November 11, 1936
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John Curwen
(British educator)
John Curwen
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Birthdate: November 14, 1816
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Heckmondwike, England
Died: May 26, 1880

The founder of the Tonic Sol-fa technique of teaching music, John Curwen was initially a Congregational minister. He modified Sarah Glover’s Norwich Sol-fa system and developed hand signs representing the solfege syllables, such as "do, re, mi." He also set up a music publishing house, Curwen & Sons, Ltd.

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Frederic Austin
(Baritone singer)
Frederic Austin
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Birthdate: March 30, 1872
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 10, 1952