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

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

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

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

KT TunstallKT Tunstall
23 June 1975
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer, Pianist
Damon AlbarnDamon Albarn
23 March 1968
Guitarist, Singer, Musician, Composer, Songwriter

Iwan RheonIwan Rheon
13 May 1985
Actor, Singer, Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Dhani HarrisonDhani Harrison
01 August 1978
Singer, Guitarist, Composer, Pianist, Model

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

DonovanDonovan
10 May 1946
Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer,

Pete BurnsPete Burns
05 August 1959
Singer, Composer, Singer-songwriter
Peter SerafinowiczPeter Serafinowicz
10 July 1972
Actor, Comedian, Voice actor, Screenwriter,
PJ HarveyPJ Harvey
09 October 1969
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Artist, Singer,

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

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

Petula ClarkPetula Clark
15 November 1932
Actor, Child actor, Singer, Composer
Tony IommiTony Iommi
19 February 1948
Guitarist, Composer, Musician, Songwriter

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Dave GahanDave Gahan
09 May 1962
Singer, Songwriter

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

Nick MasonNick Mason
27 January 1944
Drummer, Composer, Autobiographer, Racecar driver,

Sophie Ellis-BextorSophie Ellis-Bextor
10 April 1979
Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Model
Jack BruceJack Bruce
14 May 1943
Composer, Singer, Jazz musician, Diarist, Pianist,

Jamie CullumJamie Cullum
20 August 1979
Composer, Pianist, Singer-songwriter, Jazz
Mike OldfieldMike Oldfield
15 May 1953
Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter

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

Julian BarrattJulian Barratt
04 May 1968
Actor, Comedian, Composer
Vince ClarkeVince Clarke
03 July 1960
Composer, Songwriter, Record producer

Robert FrippRobert Fripp
16 May 1946
Guitarist, Composer, Motivational speaker, Record
Ray DaviesRay Davies
21 June 1944
Guitarist, Composer, Singer, Songwriter, Record

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

Alan ParsonsAlan Parsons
20 December 1948
Composer, Musician, Record producer

Manfred MannManfred Mann
21 October 1940
jazz musician, pianist, record producer, composer

Keith EmersonKeith Emerson
02 November 1944
Musician
Joe ElliottJoe Elliott
01 August 1959
Singer, Composer

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

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

Alvin LeeAlvin Lee
19 December 1944
Guitarist, Composer, Songwriter, Record producer,
Jon AndersonJon Anderson
25 October 1944
Singer, Composer

Jonny GreenwoodJonny Greenwood
05 November 1971
Guitarist, Banjoist, Composer, Ondist,
Gustav HolstGustav Holst
21 September 1874
Composer

Anthony NewleyAnthony Newley
24 September 1931
Actor, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Composer,

Curt SmithCurt Smith
24 June 1961
Singer, Bassist, Songwriter
Tanita TikaramTanita Tikaram
12 August 1969
Singer, Composer, Songwriter

Bill BaileyBill Bailey
13 January 1964
Actor, Television actor, Comedian, Screenwriter,
Chris de BurghChris de Burgh
15 October 1948
Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Songwriter

Richard ColesRichard Coles
26 March 1962
Journalist, Radio personality

Martin GoreMartin Gore
23 July 1961
Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Composer, Singer,
GoldieGoldie
19 September 1965
Actor, Record producer, Club DJ, Musician,

Robert Del NajaRobert Del Naja
21 January 1965
Musician, Songwriter
Nik KershawNik Kershaw
01 March 1958
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer, Poet

Max RichterMax Richter
22 March 1966
Composer, Musician, Pianist, Film score composer

Roy WoodRoy Wood
08 November 1946
Oboist, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Composer,

Oritsé WilliamsOritsé Williams
27 November 1986
 
Joan ArmatradingJoan Armatrading
09 December 1950
Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Record
Marianne Jean-BaptisteMarianne Jean-Baptiste
26 April 1967
Actress

Jon LordJon Lord
09 June 1941
Composer, pianist

Jools HollandJools Holland
24 January 1958
Musician, Composer, Pianist, Bandleader

Evelyn GlennieEvelyn Glennie
19 July 1965
Composer, Percussionist
Roger WhittakerRoger Whittaker
22 March 1936
Singer-songwriter, Musician, Writer, Composer,

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

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

Liam HowlettLiam Howlett
21 August 1971
Composer, Record producer

Jon MossJon Moss
11 September 1957
Percussionist
K. K. DowningK. K. Downing
27 October 1951
Composer, Musician, Guitarist

Ivor NovelloIvor Novello
15 January 1893
Actor, Playwright, Composer, Writer, Screenwriter,
Alan WilderAlan Wilder
01 June 1959
Composer, Songwriter, Record producer

Marsha AmbrosiusMarsha Ambrosius
08 August 1977
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer, Record

Simon WebbeSimon Webbe
30 March 1978
Singer, Actor, Composer, Musician
Aynsley DunbarAynsley Dunbar
10 January 1946
Drummer, Composer

Nitin SawhneyNitin Sawhney
12 May 1964
Musician, Record producer, Composer
Harry Gregson-WilliamsHarry Gregson-Williams
13 December 1961
Composer, Film score composer

Colin BlunstoneColin Blunstone
24 June 1945
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer

Andrew Loog OldhamAndrew Loog Oldham
29 January 1944
Record producer, Entrepreneur, Composer, Talent

Ian McLaganIan McLagan
12 May 1945
Autobiographer, Composer, Musician, Keyboardist,
Samuel Coleridge-TaylorSamuel Coleridge-Taylor
15 August 1875
Composer, Pianist, Conductor

Karl JenkinsKarl Jenkins
17 February 1944
Composer, Saxophonist, Keyboardist, Oboist, Jazz
Ewan MacCollEwan MacColl
25 January 1915
Singer, Playwright, Record producer, Composer

Rollo ArmstrongRollo Armstrong
29 April 1966
Record producer, Composer
David ArnoldDavid Arnold
23 January 1962
Composer, Film score composer, Actor

Guy ChambersGuy Chambers
12 January 1963
Composer, Songwriter, Record producer
Clint MansellClint Mansell
07 January 1963
Composer, Guitarist, Film score composer