Famous British Composers

Find out more about the greatest British Composers, including Paul McCartney, Elton John, David Gilmour, Marc Bolan and Dave Gahan

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 1 Andrew Lloyd Webber

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kensington, London
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber reinvented the musical and created masterpieces such as Don't Cry for Me Argentina from Evita and Memory from Cats. He is one of 16 people to have won the Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony. He owns one of the biggest theater companies in London.

 2 Elton John

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Famous As: Singer, Composer
Birthdate: March 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pinner, England
The supremely gifted English singer, songwriter, pianist and composer, Elton John has entertained music lovers globally since the 1970s. His phenomenal talent make him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Not to forget his tribute to Princess Diana, Candle in the Wind 1997, which till date is one of the best-selling singles in the UK and the US.

 3 Roger Waters

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Famous As: Composer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Screenwriter, Singer, Pianist, Record producer
Birthdate: September 6, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Surrey

 4 David Gilmour

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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist, Record producer
Birthdate: March 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cambridge ,England

 5 Amelia Warner

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

 6 Damon Albarn

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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Musician, Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: March 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Whitechapel

 7 Brian Eno

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Famous As: Musician, Record producer
Birthdate: May 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Woodbridge, Suffolk, England
Brian Eno created "The Microsoft Sound" for Windows 95 and co-developed the card-based creativity-improving technique Oblique Strategies. His ambient music album Reflection was nominated for a Grammy, and his visual installations have been projected on structures such as the Sydney Opera House. He also co-founded the Long Now Foundation.
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 8 Pete Burns

Pete Burns
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Port Sunlight
Died: October 23, 2016

 9 Jeff Beck

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Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Musician, Jazz guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: England

 10 Terry Jones

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, Wales
Died: January 21, 2020
Starting his career as a comedy writer, actor-director Terry Jones later soared to fame as part of the Monty Python comedy team. An avid historian, too, he wrote several books and presented TV documentaries on the topic. In his later years, the BAFTA Cymru award winner struggled with dementia. 

 11 Petula Clark

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 15, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Epsom, Surrey, England

 12 PJ Harvey

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

 13 Richard Wright (Musician)

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hatch End, Middlesex, England
Died: September 15, 2008

Richard Wright was an English musician. He is credited with co-founding the popular band ,Pink Floyd, for which he also served as a vocalist and keyboardist. Wright contributed immensely to the success of Pink Floyd and his distinctive keyboard playing was a key component of the music produced by the band.

 14 Donovan

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer, Autobiographer, Writer, Poet, Record producer, Film score composer
Birthdate: May 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow

 15 Aimee Osbourne

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London

The daughter of Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Aimee Osbourne followed in the footsteps of her father to become a singer. However, she has disapproved some of her parents' behavior. She failed to hog the limelight in the reality TV series The Osbournes. Aimee Osbourne helped found a synth-pop band called ARO where she is the lead vocalist.

 16 Paul McCartney

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter & Musician
Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

English singer-songwriter and musician, Paul McCartney, is one of the most successful composers and performers of all time. He gained worldwide fame as co-lead vocalist and bassist for the rock band, the Beatles. He also enjoyed a successful solo career. Besides music, he has been actively involved in humanitarian causes and animal rights issues.

 17 Tony Iommi

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Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: February 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Birmingham

 18 Phil Collins

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Famous As: Drummer, Singer
Birthdate: January 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chiswick, Middlesex, London, United Kingdom

Phil Collins is best known for his work with the popular rock band Genesis. Having sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, he is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Phil is one of three recording artists who have sold more than 100 million records both as principal members of a band and as solo artists.

 19 Dave Gahan

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 9, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Epping

 20 Richard Coles

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Famous As: Journalist, Radio personality
Birthdate: March 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Northampton

 21 Jacob Collier

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 2, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: North London, England

 22 Edward Elgar

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: June 2, 1857
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Broadheath
Died: February 23, 1934

 23 Nick Mason

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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: January 27, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England

Born to a documentary film maker, drummer Nick Mason was no stranger to art and entertainment as a child. He formed his first band while studying architecture. He was the only original member of the iconic rock band Pink Floyd member to have been part of the band since its inception.

 24 Dhani Harrison

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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Composer, Pianist, Model
Birthdate: August 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Windsor

 25 Ralph Vaughan Williams

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: October 12, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Down Ampney, England
Died: August 26, 1958

 26 Rick Wakeman

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Famous As: Composer, Musician, Keyboardist, Songwriter, Pianist, Film score composer, Radio personality
Birthdate: May 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Perivale

 27 Benjamin Britten

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Famous As: Composer, conductor and pianist
Birthdate: November 22, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lowestoft
Died: December 4, 1976

 28 Tom Fletcher

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London Borough of Harrow
Tom Fletcher, lead vocalist and guitarist of the band McFly, has also written for several artists and bands, such as Busted, One Direction, and The Vamps. A successful YouTube vlogger, too, he has documented and shared all three pregnancies of his wife, Giovanna. He has also written several children’s books.

 29 Fatboy Slim

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Famous As: Disc jockey
Birthdate: July 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bromley, Kent, England

 30 Keith Emerson

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 2, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Todmorden, West Yorkshire, England, UK
Died: March 11, 2016

 31 Robert Fripp

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Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Motivational speaker, Record producer
Birthdate: May 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wimborne Minster

 32 Jack Bruce

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Famous As: Composer, Singer, Jazz musician, Diarist, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bishopbriggs
Died: October 25, 2014

 33 Mike Oldfield

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Famous As: Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reading

 34 Ian Anderson

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Famous As: Composer, Singer, Guitarist, Flautist, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dunfermline

 35 Henry Purcell

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: September 10, 1659
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Westminster
Died: November 21, 1695

 36 Jonny Greenwood

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Famous As: Guitarist, Banjoist, Composer, Ondist, Multi-instrumentalist, Actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oxford

 37 Ray Davies

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Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Singer, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: June 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England

 38 Jools Holland

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Famous As: Musician, Composer, Pianist, Bandleader
Birthdate: January 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London

 39 Vince Clarke

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Famous As: Composer, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: July 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Basildon

 40 Labrinth

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London Borough of Hackney Hackney, London, England

 41 Jamie xx

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London

 42 Alan Parsons

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Famous As: Composer, Musician, Record producer
Birthdate: December 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London

Alan Parsons is an English musician, audio engineer, record producer, and songwriter. He is credited with forming a rock band named The Alan Parsons Project. Over the years, Parsons has won many prestigious awards including a Grammy Award for Best Immersive Audio Album. In the 2021, Parsons was made an OBE for services to music production and music.

 43 Thomas Tallis

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Famous As: Composer, Organist
Birthdate: January 30, 1505
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kent, England
Died: November 23, 1585

 44 Manfred Mann

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Famous As: jazz musician, pianist, record producer, composer
Birthdate: October 21, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Johannesburg

 45 Julian Barratt

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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Composer
Birthdate: May 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leeds

 46 Robert Del Naja

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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bristol

 47 KT Tunstall

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

 48 Marianne Jean-Baptiste

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

 49 Curt Smith

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Famous As: Singer, Bassist, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bath

 50 Jon Anderson

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Famous As: Singer, Composer
Birthdate: October 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Accrington