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

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

Anoushka ShankarAnoushka Shankar
09 June 1981
Composer

Edward ElgarEdward Elgar
02 June 1857
Composer

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

Henry PurcellHenry Purcell
10 September 1659
Composer
William HerschelWilliam Herschel
15 November 1738
Astronomer, Composer

Pete HamPete Ham
27 April 1947
Singer

Arthur SullivanArthur Sullivan
13 May 1842
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

Roger WatersRoger Waters
06 September 1943
Composer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist,

David GilmourDavid Gilmour
06 March 1946
Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter,
Jack BruceJack Bruce
14 May 1943
Composer, Singer, Jazz musician, Diarist, Pianist,

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

Petula ClarkPetula Clark
15 November 1932
Actor, Child actor, Singer, Composer

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

Amelia WarnerAmelia Warner
04 June 1982
Actress
Peter SerafinowiczPeter Serafinowicz
10 July 1972
Actor, Comedian, Voice actor, Screenwriter,
DonovanDonovan
10 May 1946
Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer,

Jamie CullumJamie Cullum
20 August 1979
Composer, Pianist, Singer-songwriter, Jazz

PJ HarveyPJ Harvey
09 October 1969
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Artist, Singer,

Richard ColesRichard Coles
26 March 1962
Journalist, Radio personality
Tony IommiTony Iommi
19 February 1948
Guitarist, Composer, Musician, Songwriter

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Rob HalfordRob Halford
25 August 1951
Singer, Musician, Composer, Songwriter

Dhani HarrisonDhani Harrison
01 August 1978
Singer, Guitarist, Composer, Pianist, Model

Terry JonesTerry Jones
01 February 1942
Actor, Comedian, Film director, Screenwriter,

Dave GahanDave Gahan
09 May 1962
Singer, Songwriter
KT TunstallKT Tunstall
23 June 1975
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer, Pianist

Mike OldfieldMike Oldfield
15 May 1953
Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Tanita TikaramTanita Tikaram
12 August 1969
Singer, Composer, Songwriter

Sophie Ellis-BextorSophie Ellis-Bextor
10 April 1979
Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Model

Nick MasonNick Mason
27 January 1944
Drummer, Composer, Autobiographer, Racecar driver,
Roy WoodRoy Wood
08 November 1946
Oboist, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer,

Jools HollandJools Holland
24 January 1958
Musician, Composer, Pianist, Bandleader
Julian BarrattJulian Barratt
04 May 1968
Actor, Comedian, Composer

Iwan RheonIwan Rheon
13 May 1985
Actor, Singer, Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter

Rick WakemanRick Wakeman
18 May 1949
Composer, Musician, Keyboardist, Songwriter,

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

Ian AndersonIan Anderson
10 August 1947
Composer, Singer, Guitarist, Flautist, Songwriter
Guy GarveyGuy Garvey
06 March 1974
Composer, Radio personality, Singer, Disc jockey,

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

Chris de BurghChris de Burgh
15 October 1948
Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Songwriter

Vince ClarkeVince Clarke
03 July 1960
Composer, Songwriter, Record producer
Robert Del NajaRobert Del Naja
21 January 1965
Musician, Songwriter

Keith EmersonKeith Emerson
02 November 1944
Musician
Alan ParsonsAlan Parsons
20 December 1948
Composer, Musician, Record producer

Jon AndersonJon Anderson
25 October 1944
Singer, Composer

Manfred MannManfred Mann
21 October 1940
jazz musician, pianist, record producer, composer
Joe ElliottJoe Elliott
01 August 1959
Singer, Composer

Bill BaileyBill Bailey
13 January 1964
Actor, Television actor, Comedian, Screenwriter,
Max RichterMax Richter
22 March 1966
Composer, Musician, Pianist, Film score composer

Dev HynesDev Hynes
23 December 1985
Guitarist, Singer, Record producer, Composer

Anthony NewleyAnthony Newley
24 September 1931
Actor, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Composer,
Gustav HolstGustav Holst
21 September 1874
Composer

Jonny GreenwoodJonny Greenwood
05 November 1971
Guitarist, Banjoist, Composer, Ondist,
GoldieGoldie
19 September 1965
Actor, Record producer, Club DJ, Musician,

Tom ChaplinTom Chaplin
08 March 1979
Musician

Max RichterMax Richter
30 November 1981
Composer

Martin GoreMartin Gore
23 July 1961
Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Composer, Singer,
Joan ArmatradingJoan Armatrading
09 December 1950
Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Record
Jimmy NailJimmy Nail
16 March 1954
Actor, Singer-songwriter, Autobiographer, Singer,

Alvin LeeAlvin Lee
19 December 1944
Guitarist, Composer, Songwriter, Record producer,

Curt SmithCurt Smith
24 June 1961
Singer, Bassist, Songwriter

Roger WhittakerRoger Whittaker
22 March 1936
Singer-songwriter, Musician, Writer, Composer,
Oritsé WilliamsOritsé Williams
27 November 1986
 

Jamie xxJamie xx
28 October 1988
Musician

Marianne Jean-BaptisteMarianne Jean-Baptiste
26 April 1967
Actress

Jon LordJon Lord
09 June 1941
Composer, pianist

Lee RyanLee Ryan
17 June 1983
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Musician, Singer,
Nik KershawNik Kershaw
01 March 1958
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer, Poet

Allan HoldsworthAllan Holdsworth
06 August 1946
Musician
Bat for LashesBat for Lashes
25 October 1979
Singer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer,

AnohniAnohni
24 October 1971
Musician

Ewan MacCollEwan MacColl
25 January 1915
Singer, Playwright, Record producer, Composer
Guy ChambersGuy Chambers
12 January 1963
Composer, Songwriter, Record producer

Bill OddieBill Oddie
07 July 1941
Writer
Harry Gregson-WilliamsHarry Gregson-Williams
13 December 1961
Composer, Film score composer

Alan WilderAlan Wilder
01 June 1959
Composer, Songwriter, Record producer

Simon WebbeSimon Webbe
30 March 1978
Singer, Actor, Composer, Musician

Aynsley DunbarAynsley Dunbar
10 January 1946
Drummer, Composer
K. K. DowningK. K. Downing
27 October 1951
Composer, Musician, Guitarist

Jon MossJon Moss
11 September 1957
Percussionist
Evelyn GlennieEvelyn Glennie
19 July 1965
Composer, Percussionist

Liam HowlettLiam Howlett
21 August 1971
Composer, Record producer
Ivor NovelloIvor Novello
15 January 1893
Actor, Playwright, Composer, Writer, Screenwriter,

Ian McLaganIan McLagan
12 May 1945
Autobiographer, Composer, Musician, Keyboardist,
Rollo ArmstrongRollo Armstrong
29 April 1966
Record producer, Composer