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

Andrew Lloyd WebberAndrew Lloyd Webber
22 March 1948
Composer

Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951
Drummer

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

Tom FletcherTom Fletcher
17 July 1985
Musician
Edward ElgarEdward Elgar
02 June 1857
Composer

Benjamin BrittenBenjamin Britten
22 November 1913
Composer, conductor and pianist
Michael BlakeyMichael Blakey
08 December 1958
Record Producer

William HerschelWilliam Herschel
15 November 1738
Astronomer, Composer

Henry PurcellHenry Purcell
10 September 1659
Composer

Pete HamPete Ham
27 April 1947
Singer

Arthur SullivanArthur Sullivan
13 May 1842
Composer
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,
Sophie Ellis-BextorSophie Ellis-Bextor
10 April 1979
Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Model

Damon AlbarnDamon Albarn
23 March 1968
Guitarist, Singer, Musician, Composer, Songwriter
Amelia WarnerAmelia Warner
04 June 1982
Actress

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

Fatboy SlimFatboy Slim
31 July 1963
Disc jockey
DonovanDonovan
10 May 1946
Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer,

Tim MinchinTim Minchin
07 October 1975
Comedian
Terry JonesTerry Jones
01 February 1942
Actor

Peter SerafinowiczPeter Serafinowicz
10 July 1972
Actor, Comedian, Voice actor, Screenwriter,

Dhani HarrisonDhani Harrison
01 August 1978
Singer, Guitarist, Composer, Pianist, Model
Bill OddieBill Oddie
07 July 1941
Writer

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Curt SmithCurt Smith
24 June 1961
Singer, Bassist, Songwriter
Petula ClarkPetula Clark
15 November 1932
Singer

Tony IommiTony Iommi
19 February 1948
Guitarist, Composer, Musician, Songwriter

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

Adnan SamiAdnan Sami
15 August 1971
Singer
Nick MasonNick Mason
27 January 1944
Drummer
KT TunstallKT Tunstall
23 June 1975
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer, Pianist

Pete BurnsPete Burns
05 August 1959
Singer, Composer, Singer-songwriter

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

Dave GahanDave Gahan
09 May 1962
Singer, Songwriter
Robert FrippRobert Fripp
16 May 1946
Guitarist, Composer, Motivational speaker, Record

Richard ColesRichard Coles
26 March 1962
Journalist, Radio personality

Mike OldfieldMike Oldfield
15 May 1953
Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter

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

Jack BruceJack Bruce
14 May 1943
Composer, Singer, Jazz musician, Diarist, Pianist,
Alan ParsonsAlan Parsons
20 December 1948
Composer, Musician, Record producer

Jonny GreenwoodJonny Greenwood
05 November 1971
Guitarist, Banjoist, Composer, Ondist,
Julian BarrattJulian Barratt
04 May 1968
Actor, Comedian, Composer

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

Manfred MannManfred Mann
21 October 1940
jazz musician, pianist, record producer, composer
Vince ClarkeVince Clarke
03 July 1960
Composer, Songwriter, Record producer

Keith EmersonKeith Emerson
02 November 1944
Musician
Ray DaviesRay Davies
21 June 1944
Guitarist, Composer, Singer, Songwriter, Record

Jimmy NailJimmy Nail
16 March 1954
Actor, Singer-songwriter, Autobiographer, Singer,

Max RichterMax Richter
22 March 1966
Composer

Gustav HolstGustav Holst
21 September 1874
Composer

Jon AndersonJon Anderson
25 October 1944
Singer, Composer
Marianne Jean-BaptisteMarianne Jean-Baptiste
26 April 1967
Actress

GoldieGoldie
19 September 1965
Actor, Record producer, Club DJ, Musician,

Tanita TikaramTanita Tikaram
12 August 1969
Singer, Composer, Songwriter

Jools HollandJools Holland
24 January 1958
Musician, Composer, Pianist, Bandleader
Joe ElliottJoe Elliott
01 August 1959
Singer, Composer

Chris de BurghChris de Burgh
15 October 1948
Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Songwriter
Martin GoreMartin Gore
23 July 1961
Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Composer, Singer,

Robert Del NajaRobert Del Naja
21 January 1965
Musician, Songwriter

Jamie xxJamie xx
28 October 1988
Musician
Joan ArmatradingJoan Armatrading
09 December 1950
Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Record

Jamie CullumJamie Cullum
20 August 1979
Composer, Pianist, Singer-songwriter, Jazz
Jon LordJon Lord
09 June 1941
Composer, pianist

Roger WhittakerRoger Whittaker
22 March 1936
Singer-songwriter, Musician, Writer, Composer,

Allan HoldsworthAllan Holdsworth
06 August 1946
Musician
Alvin LeeAlvin Lee
19 December 1944
Guitarist, Composer, Songwriter, Record producer,

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

Guy GarveyGuy Garvey
06 March 1974
Composer, Radio personality, Singer, Disc jockey,

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

Arnold BaxArnold Bax
08 November 1883
Composer
Liam HowlettLiam Howlett
21 August 1971
Composer, Record producer
Aynsley DunbarAynsley Dunbar
10 January 1946
Drummer, Composer

AnohniAnohni
24 October 1971
Musician

Lee RyanLee Ryan
17 June 1983
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Musician, Singer,

Evelyn GlennieEvelyn Glennie
19 July 1965
Composer, Percussionist
Harry Gregson-WilliamsHarry Gregson-Williams
13 December 1961
Composer, Film score composer

Bat for LashesBat for Lashes
25 October 1979
Singer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer,

Vic FlickVic Flick
14 May 1937
 

K. K. DowningK. K. Downing
27 October 1951
Composer, Musician, Guitarist

Ian McLaganIan McLagan
12 May 1945
Autobiographer, Composer, Musician, Keyboardist,
Jon MossJon Moss
11 September 1957
Percussionist

Colin Charles GreenwoodColin Greenwood
26 June 1969
Musician
Alan WilderAlan Wilder
01 June 1959
Composer, Songwriter, Record producer

Tom ChaplinTom Chaplin
08 March 1979
Musician
Ivor NovelloIvor Novello
15 January 1893
Actor, Playwright, Composer, Writer, Screenwriter,
Vashti BunyanVashti Bunyan
1945 AD
singer, songwriter, singer-songwriter, guitarist