British classical music, composers

British classical music: English music, British composers, Irish composers; a list of websites

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams

British Academy of Composers and Songwriters
BASCA exists to support and protect the artistic, professional, commercial and copyright interests of songwriters, lyricists and composers of all genres of music and to celebrate and encourage excellence in British music writing.

BBC Classical music pages.

The Land of the Lost Continent. British classical music. A blog.

British Composers Awards

British Composers Project

Classical music of the United Kingdom, Wikipedia entry.

The British Library Sound Archive

Light music *


The Light Music Society

British Light Music in Series and Sets
Naxos and Marco Polo recordings.

The Robert Farnon Society
Biographies of notable light music composers and arrangers.

Philip Scowcroft’s “Garland” collection
269 articles giving brief details of some famous and lesser-known light music composers.

Brian Reynolds’ Masters of Melody website.

Eric Coates
Wikipedia entry.

Ernest Tomlinson
Wikipedia entry.

Folk music *

American Library of Congress. American Memory,
a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site includes a massive collection of traditional music recordings, song manuscripts and musical scores.

Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads

Folk Music Festivals in the UK 

Vaughan Williams Memorial Library
The library and archive of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. It hosts a number of the library’s indexes to manuscript collections, together with the Roud Folk Song Index.

English folk and traditional music on the Internet
A guide to Internet resources on English folk music (traditional music, song and dance in England)

Morris Dancing pages from UK Folk Music

Morris Dancing, English Folk Songs, Customs & Traditions

The Morris Dancing Web Site

British Library Sound Archives
World and traditional music.

Country Dance and Song Society
Celebrating a Living Tradition of English and Anglo-American Folk Dance and Music since 1915.

Irish Traditional Music Archive

Contemporary British composers *

British Composers Project
An index for contemporary music composers.

BBC – Radio 3 
Contemporary British Composers on Radio 3.

Early British popular music. 
Wikipedia entry.

Faber Music Publishers

The Guardian guide to contemporary classical music.

Wikipedia entries on British composers.

Well-known British composers of the past and present *

Ades, Thomas

Thomas Ades, Wikipedia entry.

Ades, Thomas. Thomas Ades. Works by Thomas Ades. BMIC

Thomas Ades official website.

Thomas Adès, Wikipedia entry.

Thomas Ades biography.

“Don’t call me a messiah”, The Daily Telegraph

Ionarts in Santa Fe: The Tempest

Faber Music’s complete list of works by Thomas Adès.

Arnold, Sir Mathew

Arnold, Sir Mathew. The Sir Mathew Arnold website.

Bantock, Granville

Granville Bantock

Bax, Arnold

Arnod Bax. Wikipedia entry

List of Sir Arnold Bax’s Works

Berkeley, Lennox

The Lennox Berkeley Society

Lennox Berkeley. Wikipedia entry.

Lennox Berkeley
Brief Biography. Chester Novello

Lennox Berkeley
Biography, work list, and discussions of the music.

Lennox Berkeley and his Music (biography)
Biography of Sir Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) by Tony Scotland.

Lennox Berkeley- Albums, Pictures
Noxos Music

Lennox Berkeley

Benjamin, George

George Benjamin, Wikipedia entry.

Written on The Skin Guardian review.

Opera News Magazine interview with George Benjamin.

George Benjamin. Faber Music

Bennett, Richard Rodney

Richard Rodney Bennett, Wikipedia entry.

Birtwistle, Harrison

Harrison Birtwistle. Wikipedia entry.

Sir Harrison Birtwistle. Universal Edition

Bliss, Sir Arthur

The Arthur Bliss Society

Boyce, William

William Boyce

William Boyce. Wikipedia entry.

Brian, Harvergal

Havergal Brian website.

Britten, Benjamin

Benjamin Britten website.

The Briiten-Pears Foundation website.

Bryars, George

Gavin Bryars website.

Butterworth, George

Butterworth, George. George Butterworth

Davis, Peter Maxwell

Peter Maxwell Davies
Wikipedia entry.

Peter Maxwell Davies
Chestor Novello

Peter Maxwell Davies
Boosey and Hawkes

Delius, Frederic

The Delius Society

Frederick Delius Homepage

Delius. Synopsis of Delius’s life and musical style by musicologist J. Marshall Bevil, with specific comments on Florida Suite, Koanga, and “A Late Lark”

Frederick Delius. Reference information, discography, sound files, photos and links.

Delius. A page by Tore Frantzvåg Steenslid

Frederick Delius, Wikipedia entry.
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Elgar, Edward

Edward Elgar Society Homepage
Elgar foundation. Elgar’s life and works.

Edward Elgar, Wikipedia entry.

The Elgar Foundation

Free music scores by Elgar. IMSLP

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Holst, Gustav

Gustav Holst. Wikipedia

Gustav Holst – Free scores n the International Music Score Library Project

Holst, Gustav. Gustav Holst
Biography, sound clips, resources, compositions.

GustavHolst.info. List of works, biography.

Gustav Holst: The Lost Films (Discovered 2009)

Lambert, Constant

Lambert, Constant. Constant Lambert 

Harty, Hamilton

Hamilton Harty

Purcell, Henry

Henry Purcell
Wikipedia entry.

Works by or about Henry Purcell in libraries.

Free scores by Henry Purcell at The Werner Icking Music Archive (WIMA)

Free scores by Henry Purcell
International Music Score Library Project.

Marsh, John

Hohn Marsh. Wikipedia entry.

Moeran, E. J.

Moeran, E.J. Ernest John Moeran. Wikipedia entry.

Ernest J. Moeran. Chestor Novello

E J Moeran. MusicWeb International

Tallis, Thomas

Tallis, Thomas. Thomas Tallis Society, UK.

Tavener, John

Tavener, John.  John Tavener’s life and works.

Tippett, Sir Michael

Tippett, Sir Michael. Sir Michael Tippett official homepage.

Walton, William

The William Walton Trust
William Walton pages at Oxford University Press
William Walton, Wikipedia entry.
William Walton repertoire list.

Warlock, Peter

Peter Warlock
Wikipedia

The Peter Warlock Society website.

Peter Warlock’s Songs

Williams, Ralph Vaughan

Ralph Vaughan Williams. 
BBC Four Audio Interviews. Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Ralph Vaughan Williams Society

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Wikipedia entry.

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