British Women Composers

Throughout history, there have been many British women composers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great British female composers such as Anoushka Shankar, Petula Clark, PJ Harvey, Florence Welch, Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

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 1 Petula Clark

Petula Clark
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 15, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ewell, Surrey, England

Petula Clark is an English singer, composer, and actress. She achieved immense popularity in the USA, for which she is often referred to as the First Lady of the British Invasion. Over the years, Petula Clark has sold over 68 million records worldwide. Some of her best known songs include Downtown, I Couldn't Live Without Your Love, and My Love.

 2 PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Artist, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: October 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bridport

Tinged with themes of female sexuality, the lyrics of PJ Harvey have redefined the place women occupy in rock music. While she was initially part of a musical trio named after herself, she later charted her own path as a solo musician. She is only artist to have earned the Mercury Prize twice.

 3 Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Marianne Jean-Baptiste
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 4 Amelia Warner

Amelia Warner
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK

Amelia Warner is a British musician and composer. She is best known for her work as a composer in a movie titled Mary Shelley for which she was honored with the Breakthrough Composer of the Year award at the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) Awards in 2018. A former actress, Warner has also appeared in films like Æon Flux.

 5 Joan Armatrading

Joan Armatrading
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Famous As: British singer-songwriter and Grammy and BRIT Award winner who has released popular singles like "Drop the Pilot."
Birthdate: December 9, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis

 6 Tanita Tikaram

Tanita Tikaram
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: M√ľnster

 7 Evelyn Glennie

Evelyn Glennie
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Famous As: Composer, Percussionist
Birthdate: July 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aberdeen
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 8 KT Tunstall

KT Tunstall
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer, Pianist
Birthdate: June 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edinburgh

 9 Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar
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Famous As: Musician, Sitar Player
Birthdate: June 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England

Anoushka Shankar is a British-Indian music composer and sitar player. Over the years, she has been nominated for several Grammy Awards and has won many prestigious awards, such as Songlines Music Award. In 2004, she was named in the 20 Asian Heroes list published by Time. Anoushka Shankar is also known for her activism and is a supporter of animal rights.  

 10 Marsha Ambrosius

Marsha Ambrosius
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer, Record producer, Musician
Birthdate: August 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Liverpool

 11 Bat for Lashes

Bat for Lashes
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer, Pianist
Birthdate: October 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brighton

 12 Vashti Bunyan

Vashti Bunyan
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Famous As: singer, songwriter, singer-songwriter, guitarist
Birthdate: 1945 AD
Birthplace: London

 13 Sister Bliss

Sister Bliss
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Famous As: Pianist, Disc jockey, Composer, Record producer
Birthdate: December 30, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London

 14 Anne Dudley

Anne Dudley
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Famous As: Composer, Musician, Pianist, Conductor, Film score composer
Birthdate: May 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chatham

 15 Pauline Black

Pauline Black
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor
Birthdate: October 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Coventry

 16 Ethel Smyth

Ethel Smyth
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 22, 1858
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sidcup, United Kingdom
Died: May 8, 1944

 17 Maddy Prior

Maddy Prior
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Blackpool

 18 Shola Ama

Shola Ama
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Famous As: Singer who made waves in the R&B scene with her 1997 cover of Turley Richards' "You Might Need Somebody."
Birthdate: March 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

 19 Jocelyn Pook

Jocelyn Pook
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Famous As: Composer, Pianist
Birthdate: February 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Birmingham

 20 Marian McPartland

Marian McPartland
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Famous As: Pianist, Radio personality, Composer, Jazz musician
Birthdate: March 20, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Slough
Died: August 20, 2013

 21 Kate St John

Kate St John
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: October 2, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

 22 Deborah Anderson

Deborah Anderson
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Famous As: Photographer, Singer
Birthdate: December 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London

Deborah Anderson is an English photographer, musician, and film director. She is best known for directing a critically acclaimed documentary film titled Aroused, which features interviews of 16 famous adult film actresses. As a photographer, Deborah Anderson's work has been featured in popular magazines like Vogue and Cosmopolitan.

 23 Debbie Wiseman

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

 24 Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Ayanna Witter-Johnson
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Famous As: Composer, Singer
Birthdate: 1980 AD
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

 25 Errollyn Wallen

Errollyn Wallen
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Famous As: First black female composer to receive a performance at the 1998 BBC Proms
Birthdate: April 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Belize

 26 Roxanna Panufnik

Roxanna Panufnik
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England

 27 Judith Bingham

Judith Bingham
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: June 21, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

 28 Charlotte Bray

Charlotte Bray
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: 1982 AD
Birthplace: England