Find out more about the greatest British Composers, including Paul McCartney, Elton John, David Gilmour, Marc Bolan and Dave Gahan
Elton JohnElton John
25 March 1947
Singer
Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
18 June 1942
Singer-songwriter

Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951
Drummer

Andrew Lloyd WebberAndrew Lloyd Webber
22 March 1948
Composer

David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933
Actor

Aimee OsbourneAimee Osbourne
02 September 1983
Actress
George Frideric HandelGeorge Frideric Handel
23 February 1685
Composer

Anoushka ShankarAnoushka Shankar
09 June 1981
Composer

Edward ElgarEdward Elgar
02 June 1857
Composer
William HerschelWilliam Herschel
15 November 1738
Astronomer, Composer

Tom FletcherTom Fletcher
17 July 1985
Musician
Benjamin BrittenBenjamin Britten
22 November 1913
Composer, conductor and pianist

Arthur SullivanArthur Sullivan
13 May 1842
Composer

Pete HamPete Ham
27 April 1947
Singer

Henry PurcellHenry Purcell
10 September 1659
Composer

Michael BlakeyMichael Blakey
08 December 1958
Record Producer
Peter WarlockPeter Warlock
30 October 1894
Composer

Gustavus Theodore von HolstGustavus Theodore von Holst
21 September 1874
Composer

David GilmourDavid Gilmour
06 March 1946
Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter,

Roger WatersRoger Waters
06 September 1943
Composer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist,
Amelia WarnerAmelia Warner
04 June 1982
Actress

Pete BurnsPete Burns
05 August 1959
Singer, Composer, Singer-songwriter
Damon AlbarnDamon Albarn
23 March 1968
Guitarist, Singer, Musician, Composer, Songwriter

Jeff BeckJeff Beck
24 June 1944
Guitarist, Composer, Musician, Jazz guitarist,

PJ HarveyPJ Harvey
09 October 1969
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Artist, Singer,
Fatboy SlimFatboy Slim
31 July 1963
Disc jockey

DonovanDonovan
10 May 1946
Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer,
Sophie Ellis-BextorSophie Ellis-Bextor
10 April 1979
Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Model

Steve PriestSteve Priest
23 February 1948
Guitarist, Composer

Terry JonesTerry Jones
01 February 1942
Actor
Dhani HarrisonDhani Harrison
01 August 1978
Singer, Guitarist, Composer, Pianist, Model

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KT TunstallKT Tunstall
23 June 1975
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer, Pianist
Tony IommiTony Iommi
19 February 1948
Guitarist, Composer, Musician, Songwriter

Dave GahanDave Gahan
09 May 1962
Singer, Songwriter

Robert FrippRobert Fripp
16 May 1946
Guitarist, Composer, Motivational speaker, Record

Petula ClarkPetula Clark
15 November 1932
Singer
Rick WakemanRick Wakeman
18 May 1949
Composer, Musician, Keyboardist, Songwriter,
Nick MasonNick Mason
27 January 1944
Drummer

Ray DaviesRay Davies
21 June 1944
Guitarist, Composer, Singer, Songwriter, Record

Mike OldfieldMike Oldfield
15 May 1953
Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter

Jack BruceJack Bruce
14 May 1943
Composer, Singer, Jazz musician, Diarist, Pianist,
Adnan SamiAdnan Sami
15 August 1971
Singer

Julian BreamJulian Bream
15 July 1933
Guitarist, Musician, Music educator, Luth player,

Vince ClarkeVince Clarke
03 July 1960
Composer, Songwriter, Record producer

Ian AndersonIan Anderson
10 August 1947
Composer, Singer, Guitarist, Flautist, Songwriter

Manfred MannManfred Mann
21 October 1940
jazz musician, pianist, record producer, composer
Alan ParsonsAlan Parsons
20 December 1948
Composer, Musician, Record producer

Guy GarveyGuy Garvey
06 March 1974
Composer, Radio personality, Singer, Disc jockey,
Joan ArmatradingJoan Armatrading
09 December 1950
Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Record

Jon AndersonJon Anderson
25 October 1944
Singer, Composer

Jimmy NailJimmy Nail
16 March 1954
Actor, Singer-songwriter, Autobiographer, Singer,
Chris de BurghChris de Burgh
15 October 1948
Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Songwriter

Curt SmithCurt Smith
24 June 1961
Singer, Bassist, Songwriter
Jonny GreenwoodJonny Greenwood
05 November 1971
Guitarist, Banjoist, Composer, Ondist,

Keith EmersonKeith Emerson
02 November 1944
Musician

Max RichterMax Richter
22 March 1966
Composer

Robert Del NajaRobert Del Naja
21 January 1965
Musician, Songwriter

Marianne Jean-BaptisteMarianne Jean-Baptiste
26 April 1967
Actress
Jools HollandJools Holland
24 January 1958
Musician, Composer, Pianist, Bandleader

Richard ColesRichard Coles
26 March 1962
Journalist, Radio personality

Joe ElliottJoe Elliott
01 August 1959
Singer, Composer

Martin GoreMartin Gore
23 July 1961
Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Composer, Singer,
AnohniAnohni
24 October 1971
Musician

Tanita TikaramTanita Tikaram
12 August 1969
Singer, Composer, Songwriter
Jon LordJon Lord
09 June 1941
Composer, pianist

Evelyn GlennieEvelyn Glennie
19 July 1965
Composer, Percussionist

Julian BarrattJulian Barratt
04 May 1968
Actor, Comedian, Composer
GoldieGoldie
19 September 1965
Actor, Record producer, Club DJ, Musician,

Roy WoodRoy Wood
08 November 1946
Oboist, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer,
Nik KershawNik Kershaw
01 March 1958
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer, Poet

Bruce WelchBruce Welch
02 November 1941
Guitarist, Composer, Singer, Songwriter, Record

Jamie CullumJamie Cullum
20 August 1979
Composer, Pianist, Singer-songwriter, Jazz
Alvin LeeAlvin Lee
19 December 1944
Guitarist, Composer, Songwriter, Record producer,

Dev HynesDev Hynes
23 December 1985
Guitarist, Singer, Record producer, Composer
Gustav HolstGustav Holst
21 September 1874
Composer

Allan HoldsworthAllan Holdsworth
06 August 1946
Musician

Jamie xxJamie xx
28 October 1988
Musician

Roger WhittakerRoger Whittaker
22 March 1936
Singer-songwriter, Musician, Writer, Composer,
Jon MossJon Moss
11 September 1957
Percussionist
Bill OddieBill Oddie
07 July 1941
Writer

Jet BlackJet Black
26 August 1938
Musician, Drummer

Aynsley DunbarAynsley Dunbar
10 January 1946
Drummer, Composer

Liam HowlettLiam Howlett
21 August 1971
Composer, Record producer
Alan WilderAlan Wilder
01 June 1959
Composer, Songwriter, Record producer

Tom ChaplinTom Chaplin
08 March 1979
Musician

Harry Gregson-WilliamsHarry Gregson-Williams
13 December 1961
Composer, Film score composer

Samuel Coleridge-TaylorSamuel Coleridge-Taylor
15 August 1875
Composer, Pianist, Conductor

Vashti BunyanVashti Bunyan
1945 AD
singer, songwriter, singer-songwriter, guitarist
Bat for LashesBat for Lashes
25 October 1979
Singer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer,

Ewan MacCollEwan MacColl
25 January 1915
Singer, Playwright, Record producer, Composer
Lee RyanLee Ryan
17 June 1983
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Musician, Singer,

Ian McLaganIan McLagan
12 May 1945
Autobiographer, Composer, Musician, Keyboardist,
John BullJohn Bull
1562 AD
Composer
K. K. DowningK. K. Downing
27 October 1951
Composer, Musician, Guitarist