British Women Composers

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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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Petula Clark
(One of the Longest Serving British Singers With a Career Spanning More than Seven Decades)
Petula Clark
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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.

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PJ Harvey
(Singer-songwriter, Composer, Artist, Singer, Guitarist)
PJ Harvey
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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.

Marianne Jean-Baptiste
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Birthdate: April 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England, UK
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Amelia Warner
(Actress and Composer Best Known for Her Stunning Soundtrack for the 2017 Film ‘Mary Shelley')
Amelia Warner
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Birthdate: June 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birkenhead, Merseyside, England

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.

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Joan Armatrading
(British singer-songwriter and Grammy and BRIT Award winner who has released popular singles like "Drop the Pilot.")
Joan Armatrading
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Birthdate: December 9, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
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Tanita Tikaram
(Singer, Composer, Songwriter)
Tanita Tikaram
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Birthdate: August 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Münster
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Evelyn Glennie
(Composer, Percussionist)
Evelyn Glennie
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Birthdate: July 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aberdeen
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KT Tunstall
(Musician and Singer-Songwriter)
KT Tunstall
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Birthdate: June 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edinburgh

KT Tunstall is a Scottish musician and singer-songwriter. She came into prominence in 2004, when she performed Black Horse and the Cherry Tree in a music TV show called Later... with Jools Holland. KT Tunstall is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the European Border Breakers Award, Ivor Novello Award, Scottish Style Award, and Brit Award.

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Bat for Lashes
(British Multi-instrumentalist, Singer, and Songwriter)
Bat for Lashes
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Birthdate: October 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brighton

Bat for Lashes is a British multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. She is best known for releasing albums like Fur and Gold, The Haunted Man, and Lost Girls. Bat for Lashes is the recipient of an ASCAP Award, Ivor Novello Awards, and UK Asian Music Award.

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Sister Bliss
(British Keyboardist, DJ, and a Former Member of Faithless)
Sister Bliss
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Birthdate: December 30, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London

British keyboardist Ayalah Deborah Bentovim, better known as Sister Bliss, is one of Britain’s most successful electronica musicians. Starting her career as a pioneering British DJ, she later established the band Faithless. She has also composed for films such as The Beach and Sex and the City 2.

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Marsha Ambrosius
(Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer, Record producer, Musician)
Marsha Ambrosius
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Birthdate: August 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Liverpool
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Anne Dudley
(First BBC Concert Orchestra's Composer in Association in 2001)
Anne Dudley
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Birthdate: May 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beckenham, Kent, England
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Pauline Black
(Actor, Film actor)
Pauline Black
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Birthdate: October 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Coventry
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Maddy Prior
(British Folk Singer Best Known as a Founding Member and Lead Vocalist of ‘Steeleye Span’)
Maddy Prior
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Birthdate: August 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Blackpool

English folk-singer Maddy Prior MBE is best-known as a founding-member and lead vocalist of the folk-rock band Steeleye Span. Her musical pursuits also include collaborating with Mac MacLeod as part of singing duo Mac & Maddy, with June Tabor as part of singing duo Silly Sisters; performing and recording two albums with Tim Hart; and releasing solo albums like Ravenchild.   

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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.

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Shola Ama
(Singer who made waves in the R&B scene with her 1997 cover of Turley Richards' "You Might Need Somebody.")
Shola Ama
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Birthdate: March 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
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Jocelyn Pook
(Composer, Pianist)
Jocelyn Pook
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Birthdate: February 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Birmingham
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Marian McPartland
(Pianist, Radio personality, Composer, Jazz musician)
Marian McPartland
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Birthdate: March 20, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Slough
Died: August 20, 2013
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Kate St John
(Composer)
Kate St John
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Birthdate: October 2, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
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Deborah Anderson
(Photographer, Singer)
Deborah Anderson
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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.

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Debbie Wiseman
(Film score composer)
Debbie Wiseman
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Birthdate: May 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
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Ayanna Witter-Johnson
(Composer, Singer)
Ayanna Witter-Johnson
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Birthdate: 1980 AD
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
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Errollyn Wallen
(First black female composer to receive a performance at the 1998 BBC Proms)
Errollyn Wallen
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Birthdate: April 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Belize
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Roxanna Panufnik
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Birthdate: April 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
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Judith Bingham
(Composer)
Judith Bingham
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Birthdate: June 21, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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Charlotte Bray
(Composer)
Charlotte Bray
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Birthdate: 1982 AD
Birthplace: England