Favourite UK Composersby mister_gs | created - 31 Aug 2012 | updated - 10 months ago | Public
No ranking, just sorted First Name / Family Name. Except Burt Bacharach, he is for sure a fine composer (in general). Personal favourites are Barry Gray, Stewart Copeland and the King of British film music John Barry. Alan Price, Brian May, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Keith Emerson and some more are outstanding composers, but negligible concerning film music. Thanks for checking, enjoy.
Music_department | Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Burt Bacharach is a well known and multi award winning singer and song writer. He has been married to Jane Hansen since 1993, and they have two children together. She is his fourth wife and he has four children. He has worked on many sound tracks including the smash hit, "Beware of the Blob" for ...
Composer | The Apartment
Academy Award-winning composer, songwriter, conductor and arranger, educated at London Poly. and the Royal Academy of Music. He came to the USA in 1910 and became a US citizen in 1920, eventually leading his own orchestra; later he composed and arranged for and conducted other dance bands. He was ...
Soundtrack | Colombiana
In a long and distinguished career as a composer, Alan Hawkshaw has written the music for more than 35 films and countless television programmes including The Outsider, The Silent Witness, Dreams Lost Dreams Found, Magic Moments and the classic television themes for The New Statesman, Grange Hill, ...
5. Alan Tew
Soundtrack | August: Osage County
British composer and arranger Alan Stanley Tew got his start in the 1950's as a pianist and arranger for The Len Turner Band in London, England. Tew later became the leader of his own orchestra which has performed dozens of soundtrack and library music albums. In addition, Alan has also ...
6. Anne Dudley
Composer | The Crying Game
English composer and pop musician. Was a prominent member of the synthpop band The Art of Noise. Now, a critically acclaimed composer. Won an Oscar for Best Original Music or Comedy Score for work in The Full Monty (1997). Since has composed music for more than forty films, including: The Crying ...
7. Barry Gray
Composer | Stingray
Although many reference sources inexplicably give Barry Gray's year of birth as 1925, he was in fact born John Livesey Eccles in Blackburn on 18 July 1908. His father John Haworth Eccles was a stationery traveller by profession, but both parents were said to be musically talented, and John Junior ...
Composer | Assignment K
Basil Kirchin was born on August 8, 1927 in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. He is known for his work on Assignment K (1968), I Start Counting (1969) and The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971). He was married to Esther Muller. He died on June 18, 2005 in Hull, Yorkshire, England.
9. Acker Bilk
Soundtrack | There's Something About Mary
Acker Bilk was born on January 28, 1929 in Pensford, Somerset, England as Bernard Stanley Bilk. He was married to Jean Hawkins. He died on November 2, 2014 in Bath, Somerset.
Real name Bernard Stanley Bilk
12. Brian Bennett
Music_department | Black Dynamite
Composer Brian Bennett is the three times winner of the Ivor Novello Award. Initially achieving fame as drummer with The Shadows, he has since forged a career as one of Britain's leading writers of music to picture.
Brian was born in London in 1940 and by the late 1950s was one of the most ...
13. Brian Eno
Soundtrack | The Lovely Bones
Regarded as one of the best producers and musicians in rock history, Eno started his career in 1971 with Roxy Music. The band released two albums, "Roxy Music" and "For Your Pleasure", with the two Brians in the lineup (the other one was, of course, lead singer Bryan Ferry); a conflict between the ...
14. Carlo Martelli
Composer | Who Killed the Cat?
Born to an Italian father and English mother, Carlo Martelli was a viola player who entered film scoring through his friendship with Gerard Schurmann. After his successful horror film scores of the 1960s, his serious concert scores were consistently rejected by The British Broadcasting Corporation ...
16. Clifton Parker
Composer | Hell Below Zero
Son of a bank manager, Clifton Parker followed his two elder brothers into the commercial profession, but studied music in private. After obtaining an A.R.C.M diploma in piano teaching at the Royal College of Music in 1926, he continued in commerce for a while before obtaining employment as a music...
19. David Bowie
Soundtrack | Labyrinth
David Bowie was one of the most influential and prolific writers and performers of popular music, but he was much more than that; he was also an accomplished actor, a mime and an intellectual, as well as an art lover whose appreciation and knowledge of it had led to him amassing one of the biggest ...
21. David Rose
Music_department | Bonanza
David Rose was born on June 15, 1910 in London, England. He is known for his work on Bonanza (1959), Falling Down (1993) and Lionheart (1990). He was married to Betty Bartholomew, Judy Garland and Martha Raye. He died on August 23, 1990 in Burbank, California, USA.
22. Davy Jones
Actor | The Monkees
Davy Jones left home to become a jockey. While he was an apprentice, he was encouraged to go into acting and got a role in a production of "Peter Pan". From there, he played on Coronation Street (1960) and The Pickwick Papers (1952) before landing the role of "The Artful Dodger" in "Oliver!". This ...
Music_department | Color of Night
Dominic Carmen Frontiere, 86, Emmy and Golden Globe winning film and television composer, former head of music at Paramount Pictures, passed away in Tesuque, New Mexico on 21 December 2017. He is survived by his wife Robin and their children Emily, Joseph, Nicholas and Sofia, as well as daughter ...
25. Dudley Moore
Actor | Arthur
Dudley Moore, the gifted comedian who had at least three distinct career phases that brought him great acclaim and success, actually started out as a musical prodigy as a child. He was born in Dagenham, Essex, England, in 1935, to working class parents, Ada Francis (Hughes), an English secretary, ...
26. Edwin Astley
Soundtrack | The Saint
Britain's most iconic and prolific composer of music for TV action/adventure in the 1950's and 60's was born in Cheshire, the son of a builder. He dropped out of school to work for a gas oven manufacturer at the tender age of fourteen. Music was in his blood and jazz was a particularly strong ...
27. Elton John
Soundtrack | Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Sir Elton John is one of pop music's great survivors. Born 25 March, 1947, as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, he started to play the piano at the early age of four. At the age of 11, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. His first band was called Bluesology. He later auditioned (...
28. Eric Clapton
Soundtrack | Lethal Weapon 3
Eric Clapton was born in Ripley, Surrey, England, on March 30, 1945. His real father was a Canadian pilot but he didn't find that out until he was 53. When he was 2 his mother felt she was unable to look after him, so Eric then went to live with his grandparents. When he was 14 he took up the ...
30. George Harrison
Actor | A Hard Day's Night
A master musician, a film producer and actor, best known as the lead guitarist and occasionally lead vocalist of The Beatles, George Harrison was born February 25, 1943, in Liverpool, Merseyside, England. He was also the youngest of four children, born to Harold Harrison and Louise Harrison.
33. Herbie Hancock
Soundtrack | Death Wish
Herbie Hancock is an American actor that was born. Herbert Jeffery Hancock, on April 12, 1940, Chicago, IL. He is best known as a piano player, jazz star, and a composer. He has won many Grammy Awards and has performed with many famous musicians beginning with Miles Davis in the 1960s. He achieved ...
35. James Bernard
Writer | Seven Days to Noon
Bernard was born in India, the son of a British army officer, but was moved to England as a small child for his health. He was educated at Wellington College, where the future actor Christopher Lee was a classmate. Fortuitously, because Lee was to star in scores of horror films for Hammer Studios, ...
37. Jocelyn Pook
Composer | Eyes Wide Shut
Born in Solihull in 1960, Jocelyn Pook graduated from the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1983 and began as a professional viola player. After a number of successful compositions for the concert hall and theatre, she began scoring films in 1996, starting with the short documentary ...
38. Joe Strummer
Soundtrack | Grosse Pointe Blank
Although best known as the outspoken front man for legendary punk rock group The Clash, Joe Strummer also carved out an interesting niche as an actor once the band broke up. The Clash formed in 1976, and along with the Sex Pistols spearheaded the British punk rock scene. By 1979, The Clash had ...
39. John Addison
Music_department | Murder, She Wrote
John Addison was born on March 16, 1920 in West Chobham, Surrey, England as John Mervyn Addison. He is known for his work on Murder, She Wrote (1984), A Bridge Too Far (1977) and Sleuth (1972). He was married to Pamela Addison. He died on December 7, 1998 in Bennington, Vermont, USA.
40. John Barry
Music_department | Dances with Wolves
John Barry was born in York, England in 1933, and was the youngest of three children. His father, Jack, owned several local cinemas and by the age of fourteen, Barry was capable of running the projection box on his own - in particular, The Rialto in York. As he was brought up in a cinematic ...
42. John Dankworth
Music_department | Fathom
Attended the Royal Academy of Music beginning at the age of 17. His first American professional appearance occurred at the Newport Jazz Festival on July 3, 1959. He founded the London Symphony Orchestra's Pops Program and served as the orchestra's Pops Musical Director.
44. John Lennon
Actor | A Hard Day's Night
John Winston (later Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, to Julia Lennon (née Stanley) and Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman. He was raised by his mother's older sister Mimi Smith. In the mid-1950s, he formed his first band, The Quarrymen (after Quarry Bank High School, ...
45. John Scott
Soundtrack | Prisoner
For nearly sixty years, John Scott has established himself as one of the finest composers working in films today, having collaborated with foremost producers and directors worldwide, including Richard Donner, Mark Damon, Hugh Hudson, Norman Jewison, Irvin Kershner, Daniel Petrie, Roger Spottiswoode...
47. Johnny Harris
Music_department | The Powers of Matthew Star
Johnny Harris was born in Edinburgh, Scotland 1932 (of Welsh parentage) and is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music in London. He originally played trumpet with English big bands in the 50's and started freelance writing and arranging in the early 60's before he was hired by Tony Hatch for ...
50. Keith Emerson
Soundtrack | MacGruber
Hailed as a keyboard legend, Keith Emerson has been one of the most important figures to emerge from the thriving UK rock scene of the 1960s and 70s. He is known as one of the most prominent leaders in the progressive rock movement, fusing rock 'n' roll with a myriad of musical styles, such as ...
51. Ken Thorne
Music_department | Superman II
Ken Thorne was born on January 26, 1924 in East Dereham, Norfolk, England. He is known for his work on Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966). He was married to Linda Hayes. He died on July 9, 2014 in West Hills, Los Angeles, California, ...
53. Laurie Johnson
Prolific British composer who has written scores for over four hundred film and television series. Very much of the old school of film composers, he studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and his scores reflect this classical training in their complexity. The trademark Johnson sound is the...
57. Michael J. Lewis
Composer | Unman, Wittering and Zigo
Michael J Lewis, the award winning composer and producer was born in Aberystwyth, Wales. He trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he studied harmony, counterpoint and composition. His many film scores include Julius Caesar (1970) starring Charlton Heston, The Medusa ...
58. Michael Nyman
Composer | The Piano
Michael Nyman studied piano, harpsichord and music history with Alan Bush at the Royal Academy of Music, and musicology with Thurston Dart at King's College, London. Between 1968 and 1978 he worked as a music critic and in 1977 he founded the Campiello Band, later renamed the Michael Nyman Band. ...
61. Muir Mathieson
Music_department | Vertigo
Trained at the Royal Academy of Music, Muir first worked in the movies on the quota quickies of the 1930s. His big break came when Alexander Korda signed him as musical director on The Rise of Catherine the Great (1934). He went on to conduct Sir William Walton's score for Henry V (1944) and Hamlet...
62. Neil Innes
Actor | Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Neil Innes was born on December 9, 1944 in Danbury, Essex, England as Neil James Innes. He is an actor, known for Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), The Innes Book of Records (1979) and Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979). He has been married to Yvonne Hilton since March 5, 1966. They have ...
63. Norrie Paramor
Music_department | Maroc 7
Norrie Paramor was born on May 15, 1914 in London, England as Norman William Paramor. He is known for his work on Maroc 7 (1967), My Lover, My Son (1970) and Two and Two Make Six (1962). He was married to Joan Margaret Jean Gerrard and Gloria Brent. He died on September 9, 1979 in Barnet, England.
65. Paul Ferris
Composer | The Sorcerers
Paul Ferris was born on May 2, 1941 in Corby, Northamptonshire, England as Richard Paul Ferris. He was an actor and composer, known for The Sorcerers (1967), Maroc 7 (1967) and ITV Play of the Week (1955). He died on October 30, 1995 in Redcliffe, Bristol, England.
66. Paul McCartney
Actor | A Hard Day's Night
Sir Paul McCartney is a key figure in contemporary culture as a singer, composer, poet, writer, artist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, and holder of more than 3 thousand copyrights. He is in the "Guinness Book of World Records" for most records sold, most #1s (shared), most covered song, "Yesterday," ...
67. Philip Green
Soundtrack | One for the Money
Philip Green was born on July 19, 1911 in Whitechapel, London, England as Harry Philip Green. He is known for his work on One for the Money (2012), All Night Long (1962) and Desert Mice (1959). He died on October 6, 1982 in Donnybrook, Dublin, Ireland.
68. Rachel Portman
Composer | Never Let Me Go
Rachel Portman was born on December 11, 1960 in Haslemere, Surrey, England as Rachel Mary Berkeley Portman. She is known for her work on Never Let Me Go (2010), Emma (1996) and Chocolat (2000). She has been married to Uberto Pasolini since 1995. They have three children.
Soundtrack | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Dr. Ralph Vaughan Williams was perhaps the most important English composer of the 20th Century. His influence on the development of 20th Century music was immense. Benjamin Britten and numerous film composers (Jerry Goldsmith, etc.) owe a lot to him. He created a truly contemporary idiom whose ...
Soundtrack | My Week with Marilyn
English composer Richard Addinsell was born in 1904. After finishing his law studies at Oxford, he took a short course in music at the Royal College of Music in London and studied from 1929 to 1932 in Berlin and Vienna. From 1933 to 1935 he lived in the USA writing scores for the Hollywood studios.
71. Richard Hartley
Composer | Sheena
Richard Hartley's long and varied career as a musical arranger and composer has included just about everything, from playing piano in a r&b band in Paris to scoring strings for reggae records to arranging scores for experimental plays, TV and films. Hartley was brought in to help with musical ...
Composer | Murder on the Orient Express
Richard Rodney Bennett was an eclectic composer of serious orchestral works, jazz songs and music for stage and screen. Of the former, his most famous compositions include a First Symphony, a piano concerto and four string quartets. Among the latter are scores for operas, such as the dramatic "The ...
73. Ringo Starr
Actor | A Hard Day's Night
Ringo Starr is a British musician, actor, director, writer, and artist best known as the drummer of The Beatles who also coined the title 'A Hard day's Night' for The Beatles' first movie.
He was born Richard Starkey on July 7, 1940, in a small two-storey house in the working class area of Liverpool...
75. Ron Goodwin
Music_department | Frenzy
Ron Goodwin was born on 17th February 1925 in Plymouth. He was the son of a London policeman who was detached to the harbour-town. His mother felt that piano lessons would be a good pastime, so in his fifth year, the little Ron was hoisted onto a piano-stool and his education on this instrument ...
76. Ron Grainer
Composer | The Omega Man
Ron Grainer was one of the outstanding composers of music for British television. He was born in a small mining town called Atherton, Queensland, Australia on 11th August 1922, where his father owned the local milk bar. His mother played piano and Ron was on the keyboard from the age of two and ...
77. Roy Budd
Music_department | Get Carter
Born on the 14th March, 1947, Roy Budd the musician was entirely self-taught, and was hailed as a child prodigy. At the age of four he began to play the piano, initially by ear and then by copying various melodies he heard by listening to the radio. By the age of six he had appeared in public at ...
78. Rupert Holmes
Soundtrack | Guardians of the Galaxy
Rupert Holmes was born on February 24, 1947, in Cheshire, England. Soon after, he ventured forth to America (New York) with his British mum and Air Force dad. After graduating from the Manhattan School of Music, Mr. Holmes delved into the art of melodious sound. A successful piano player for both ...
79. Simon Boswell
Soundtrack | Hobo with a Shotgun
Simon Boswell was born in London, UK on October 15th, 1956. He is a film composer with more than 90 films to his credit.
At seventeen Simon went to Pembroke College in Cambridge to study English Literature. Already an accomplished guitarist, and whilst still at college, he was signed by ...
81. Stanley Black
Soundtrack | Kill Your Darlings
Stanley Black was one of Britain's most famous bandleaders and he composed the music for over 200 films. His albums of film themes sold in huge quantities in the UK, America, the Far East and New Zealand. His large concert orchestra also produced albums of symphonic suites of the works of Irving ...
83. Stephen Warbeck
Composer | Shakespeare in Love
Stephen Warbeck began studying piano and composing at the age of four. His parents were keen amateur musicians who encouraged Stephen to pursue his musical talents. By his mid-teens, Stephen developed an affinity for rock 'n' roll as well as for theatre. He studied Drama and French at Bristol ...
85. Steve Isles
Soundtrack | Whiteout
An extremely versatile and in demand composer, Steve can write distinctive music for any genre: from action to comedy, thrillers to romance, TV theme tunes to serious documentary. He's equally at home writing for orchestra or creating studio based scores, and is used to meeting tight deadlines. His...
86. Stewart Copeland
Composer | Rumble Fish
Stewart Copeland was born on July 16, 1952 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA as Stewart Armstrong Copeland. He is known for his work on Rumble Fish (1983), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999). He has been married to Fiona Dent since 1993. They have ...
87. Electric Flag
Soundtrack | Easy Rider
The '60s band Electric Flag was formed by musician Mike Bloomfieldm who wanted to blend together blues, jazz and rock. He started the band in 1967 in San Francisco after he left the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Electric Flag made its debut at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. They released their ...
89. Tony Hatch
Soundtrack | Drop Dead Gorgeous
Tony Hatch was born on June 30, 1939 in Pinner, Middlesex, England as Anthony Peter Hatch. He is known for his work on Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), The Game (1997) and When Harry Met Sally... (1989). He has been married to Maggie Clough since May 2005. He was previously married to Jackie Trent and ...
90. Trevor Jones
Composer | Cliffhanger
As a child in Cape Town, Trevor Jones lived opposite the Gem Cinema. The theater was so old and worn out that there was often a loss of the soundtrack, which caused him to realize its power. The fact that everyone in his family worked in film or the theater made it easy to get support in his career...
91. Tristram Cary
Composer | Sammy Going South
Tristram Cary was born on May 14, 1925 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England as Tristram Ogilvie Cary. He is known for his work on A Boy Ten Feet Tall (1963), The Boy Who Stole a Million (1960) and Quatermass and the Pit (1967). He was married to Jane Delin and Doris (Dorse) Enid Jukes. He died on April ...