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1937 in British music

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1937 in British music

This is a summary of 1937 in music in the United Kingdom.

Contents

Events

  • 24 January - Ernest John Moeran completes the revised version of his Symphony in G minor, dedicated to conductor Hamilton Harty.
  • May - The composer Benjamin Britten begins friendship with the tenor Peter Pears.
  • 12 May – William Walton's ceremonial march, "Crown Imperial", originally written for his predecessor, King Edward VIII, is performed for the first time at the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
  • 27 August – Britten's Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge is performed at the Salzburg Festival, conducted by Boyd Neel.
  • date unknown
  • Kathleen Ferrier wins the piano and vocal competitions at the Carlisle Festival, and is awarded a special rose bowl as champion of the festival.
  • Ukrainian-born pianist Benno Moiseiwitsch takes up British citizenship.
  • Popular music

  • "Did Your Mother Come From Ireland?" w.m. Jimmy Kennedy & Michael Carr
  • "Harbour Lights" w. Jimmy Kennedy m. Hugh Williams
  • "Home Town" w.m. Jimmy Kennedy & Michael Carr
  • "The Lambeth Walk" w. Douglas Furber, L. Arthur Rose m. Noel Gay
  • "Leaning On A Lamp Post" w.m. Noel Gay
  • "Me And My Girl" w.m. Noel Gay & Douglas Furber
  • Classical music: new works

  • Arthur Bliss – Checkmate (ballet)
  • Rutland Boughton – Symphony No. 3 in B minor
  • Frank Bridge  String Quartet No. 4
  • Benjamin Britten – Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
  • George Dyson – Symphony in G major
  • John Ireland – These Things Shall Be
  • Percy Whitlock – Wessex Suite
  • Film and Incidental music

  • Richard Addinsell - Fire Over England, starring Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.
  • Ernest Irving – Feather Your Nest, starring George Formby, Polly Ward and Enid Stamp-Taylor.
  • Musical theatre

  • 5 February - On Your Toes London production opened at the Palace Theatre and ran for 123 performances
  • 29 March - Swing is in the Air London revue opened at the Palladium
  • 16 December - Me and My Girl (Noel Gay) – London production opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre and ran for 1646 performances.
  • Musical films

  • Big Fella, directed by J. Elder Wills, starring Paul Robeson and Elisabeth Welch
  • Calling All Stars, directed by Herbert Smith, starring Carroll Gibbons and Evelyn Dall
  • Gangway, starring Jessie Matthews and Alastair Sim
  • Head Over Heels, starring Jessie Matthews
  • Mayfair Melody, directed by Arthur B. Woods, starring Keith Falkner and Chili Bouchier
  • The Show Goes On, starring Gracie Fields, Owen Nares and John Stuart.
  • Song of the Forge, starring Stanley Holloway.
  • Take My Tip, directed by Herbert Mason, starring Jack Hulbert and Cicely Courtneidge
  • Births

  • 8 January – Shirley Bassey, singer
  • 22 January - Ryan Davies, comedian, singer and songwriter (died 1977)
  • 27 January – John Ogdon, pianist (died 1989)
  • 28 April - Jean Redpath, folk singer (died 2014)
  • 5 May - Delia Derbyshire, musician and composer of electronic music (died 2001)
  • 12 July - Guy Woolfenden, conductor and composer
  • 27 July - Anna Dawson, actress and singer
  • 19 November - Geoff Goddard, songwriter, singer and instrumentalist (died 2000)
  • 30 November - Frank Ifield, British-born Australian singer
  • 1 December
  • Gordon Crosse, composer
  • David Measham, violinist and conductor (died 2005)
  • 12 December - Philip Ledger, composer and teacher (died 2012)
  • 31 December - Anthony Hopkins, actor and composer
  • Deaths

  • 22 January - Walter Willson Cobbett, businessman and amateur violinist, editor/author of Cobbett's Cyclopedic Survey of Chamber Music, 89
  • 10 April - Algernon Ashton, pianist and composer, 77
  • 1 May - Herbert Hughes, composer, music critic and collector of folk songs, 54
  • 2 May - Sir Arthur Somervell, composer, 73
  • 23 July – Charles Henry Mills, composer and music teacher (b. 1873)
  • 25 November – Lilian Baylis, founder of Sadler's Wells ballet company, 63 (heart attack)
  • 26 December
  • Dan Beddoe, tenor, 74
  • Ivor Gurney, composer and poet, 47 (tuberculosis)
  • References

    1937 in British music Wikipedia


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