Famous British Conductors

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 1 George Martin

George Martin
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Famous As: Record producer
Birthdate: January 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Highbury
Died: March 8, 2016

George Martin was an English composer, conductor, arranger, record producer, and audio engineer. Due to his involvement on each of the Beatles' albums, Martin was often referred to as the Fifth Beatle. In 1996, George Martin was made a Knight Bachelor for his contribution to the music industry. Apart from being a musician, Martin also contributed to several charitable causes.

 2 Leopold Stokowski

Leopold Stokowski
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: April 18, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London
Died: September 13, 1977

 3 Simon Rattle

Simon Rattle
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: January 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
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 4 Georg Solti

Georg Solti
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: October 21, 1912
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: September 5, 1997

Georg Solti was an operatic and orchestral conductor. He is best remembered for his association with opera companies in London, Frankfurt, and Munich. He also worked with the popular Chicago Symphony Orchestra where he served as a music director for a long time. Solti became the subject of a 1987 biographical TV documentary titled This Is Your Life.

 5 Yehudi Menuhin

Yehudi Menuhin
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Famous As: Volinist
Birthdate: April 22, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 12, 1999

Grammy Award-winning legendary 20th-century violinist Yehudi Menuhin was born to Lithuanian Jews in the US. Starting his training in the violin at age 4, he later studied music in Paris. He also experimented with fusion, collaborating with jazz and Indian classical musicians. He later launched the Yehudi Menuhin School.

 6 Craig Revel Horwood

Craig Revel Horwood
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Famous As: Reality TV Personalities
Birthdate: January 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ballarat, Australia

 7 Julian Lloyd Webber

Julian Lloyd Webber
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 14, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England

The son of world-renowned composer William Lloyd Webber and his piano teacher wife, Julian Lloyd Webber is also the brother of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. A talented celloist in his own right, he has taught at Guildhall and has collaborated with musical legends such as Yehudi Menuhin and Elton John.

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 8 Thomas Beecham

Thomas Beecham
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: April 29, 1879
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St Helens, England
Died: March 8, 1961

 9 Andras Schiff

Andras Schiff
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: December 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Born to Holocaust survivors, Hungarian-born pianist Andras Schiff began learning the piano at age 5. He is now best known for his interpretations of legends such as of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. His numerous awards include a Grammy. He was also knighted for his achievements.

 10 Muzio Clementi

Muzio Clementi
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 23, 1752
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 10, 1832

 11 Mantovani

Mantovani
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 15, 1905
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Venice, Veneto, Italy
Died: March 29, 1980

 12 Colin Davis

Colin Davis
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: September 25, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Weybridge, England
Died: April 14, 2013

 13 Angela Morley

Angela Morley
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leeds, England
Died: January 14, 2009

 14 Mitsuko Uchida

Mitsuko Uchida
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Famous As: Classical pianist, conductor
Birthdate: December 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Atami, Shizuoka, Japan

 15 Peter Maxwell Davies

Peter Maxwell Davies
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: September 8, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Salford, England
Died: March 14, 2016

 16 Neville Marriner

Neville Marriner
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Famous As: British musician
Birthdate: April 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lincoln, England
Died: October 2, 2016

 17 John Barbirolli

John Barbirolli
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 2, 1899
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 29, 1970

 18 Anne Dudley

Anne Dudley
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Famous As: First BBC Concert Orchestra's Composer in Association in 2001
Birthdate: May 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beckenham, Kent, England

 19 Wallace Hartley

Wallace Hartley
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Famous As: Bandleader, Violinist
Birthdate: June 2, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Colne, Lancashire, England
Died: April 15, 1912

 20 Paul Buckmaster

Paul Buckmaster
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: June 13, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 7, 2017

 21 Henry Wood

Henry Wood
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: March 3, 1869
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: August 19, 1944

 22 William Sterndale Bennett

William Sterndale Bennett
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 13, 1816
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Died: February 1, 1875

 23 John Eliot Gardiner

John Eliot Gardiner
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: April 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fontmell Magna, Dorset, United Kingdom

 24 Ron Goodwin

Ron Goodwin
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Famous As: Composer, Conductor
Birthdate: February 17, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Plymouth, Devon, England
Died: January 8, 2003

 25 Adrian Boult

Adrian Boult
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: April 8, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chester, England
Died: March 24, 1983

 26 Karel Mark Chichon

Karel Mark Chichon
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Famous As: Chief conductor of the Graz Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2009
Birthdate: April 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

 27 Malcolm Sargent

Malcolm Sargent
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Famous As: Music conductor
Birthdate: April 29, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ashford, Kent, England
Died: October 3, 1967

 28 Debbie Wiseman

Debbie Wiseman
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Famous As: Film score composer
Birthdate: May 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England

 29 Christopher Hogwood

Christopher Hogwood
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: September 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nottingham, England
Died: September 24, 2014

 30 Constant Lambert

Constant Lambert
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: August 23, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fulham, London, England
Died: August 21, 1951

 31 Arthur Bliss

Arthur Bliss
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: August 2, 1891
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Barnes, London, England
Died: March 27, 1975

 32 John Scott

John Scott
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Famous As: Film composer, Conductor
Birthdate: November 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bishopston, Bristol, England

 33 Eugene Aynsley Goossens

Eugene Aynsley Goossens
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: May 26, 1893
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 13, 1962

 34 Oliver Knussen

Oliver Knussen
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: June 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: July 8, 2018

 35 E. Power Biggs

E. Power Biggs
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Famous As: Organist
Birthdate: March 29, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Westcliff-on-Sea, England
Died: March 10, 1977

 36 Hidayat Inayat Khan

Hidayat Inayat Khan
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: August 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 12, 2016

 37 Richard Hickox

Richard Hickox
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: March 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire, England
Died: November 23, 2008

 38 Iona Brown

Iona Brown
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Famous As: Violinist and conductor
Birthdate: January 7, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Salisbury, United Kingdom
Died: June 5, 2004

 39 Andrew Lawrence-King

Andrew Lawrence-King
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: September 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Guernsey, Guernsey

 40 Edward Downes

Edward Downes
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: June 17, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: July 10, 2009

 41 Ken Johnson

Ken Johnson
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Famous As: Swing band leader and dancer
Birthdate: September 10, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Georgetown, Guyana
Died: March 8, 1941

 42 Vernon Handley

Vernon Handley
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: November 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 10, 2008

 43 John Pritchard

John Pritchard
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: February 5, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 5, 1989

 44 Neil Richardson

Neil Richardson
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 5, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stourport-on-Severn, England
Died: October 8, 2010

 45 Reginald Goodall

Reginald Goodall
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: July 13, 1901
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lincoln, England
Died: May 5, 1990

 46 Thurston Dart

Thurston Dart
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Famous As: Musicologist
Birthdate: September 3, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames, England
Died: March 6, 1971

 47 George Henschel

George Henschel
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 18, 1850
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: September 10, 1934

George Henschel started his career as a pianist but later found success as a baritone. Born in Germany, he later acquired a British citizenship and performed as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s first conductor. He was also knighted for his achievements. He was married to soprano Lilian June Bailey.

 48 Frederic Hymen Cowen

Frederic Hymen Cowen
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: January 29, 1852
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: October 6, 1935

 49 Joseph Holbrooke

Joseph Holbrooke
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: July 5, 1878
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Croydon, England
Died: August 5, 1958

 50 Hugh Allen

Hugh Allen
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 23, 1869
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Reading, Berkshire, England
Died: February 20, 1946