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1940 in British music

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1940 in British music

This is a summary of 1940 in music in the United Kingdom.



  • 30 January – Sophie Wyss gives the first complete performance of Benjamin Britten's Les Illuminations, with Boyd Neel conducting his Orchestra at the Wigmore Hall, London.
  • 28 March – Antonio Brosa gives the first performance of Britten's Violin Concerto with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Barbirolli in Carnegie Hall, New York.
  • 21 April – Michael Tippett's Concerto for Double String Orchestra is given its first performance in London.
  • May – Ilona Kabos and Louis Kentner record William Walton's Duets for Children for Columbia.
  • 22 June – John Ireland is evacuated from Guernsey just over a week before the island is invaded by Germany.
  • date unknown – D'Oyly Carte bass L. Radley Flynn marries contralto Ella Halman.
  • Popular music

  • "All Over The Place" w. Frank Eyton m. Noel Gay. Introduced by Tommy Trinder in the film Sailors Three.
  • "Let The People Sing" w.m. Noel Gay, Ian Grant & Frank Eyton
  • Classical music: new works

  • Granville Bantock – Celtic Symphony
  • Lennox Berkeley – Symphony No. 1
  • Benjamin Britten – Sinfonia da Requiem
  • William Walton – The Wise Virgins (ballet)
  • Film and Incidental music

  • Richard Addinsell – Gaslight, starring Anton Walbrook and Diana Wynyard.
  • Bretton Byrd - A Window in London, starring Michael Redgrave.
  • Ernest Irving - Sailors Three
  • Louis Levy - Night Train to Munich directed by Carol Reed, starring Margaret Lockwood and Rex Harrison.
  • Musical theatre

  • 5 March - The Beggar's Opera (Music and Lyrics: John Gay adapted by Frederic Austin). London revival, directed by John Gielgud, opened at the Haymarket Theatre.
  • 20 March - White Horse Inn (Music: Ralph Benatzky Lyrics and Book: Harry Graham). London revival opened at the London Coliseum and ran for 268 performances until ended by bombing raids.
  • 11 April - New Faces London revue opened at the Comedy Theatre, then moved to the Apollo Theatre on 14 March, 1941.
  • 27 August - Apple Sauce (Music and Lyrics: Michael Carr & Jack Strachey). London production opened at the Holborn Empire, then moved to the London Palladium on 5 March 1941, after the Holborn Empire was destroyed in the Blitz. Total run 462 performances.
  • Musical films

  • Laugh It Off, starring Tommy Trinder, Jean Colin, Anthony Hulme and Marjorie Browne.
  • Births

  • 7 June – Tom Jones, singer
  • 23 June – Adam Faith, singer and actor (died 2003)
  • 4 July – Dave Rowberry, English pianist and songwriter (The Animals) (died 2003)
  • 7 July – Ringo Starr, drummer of The Beatles
  • 10 July – Brian Priestley, English pianist and composer (National Youth Jazz Orchestra)
  • 19 August – Roger Cook, songwriter
  • 9 October – John Lennon, singer and songwriter (died 1980)
  • 14 October – Cliff Richard, singer
  • 23 October –Tom McGrath, jazz pianist and playwright (died 2009)
  • 15 November – Hank Wangford, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and physician
  • 25 December – Pete Brown, performance poet and lyricist
  • Deaths

  • 31 March – Achille Rivarde, American-born violinist and teacher, 74
  • 10 July – Sir Donald Tovey, musicologist and composer, 64
  • 16 December – William Wallace, composer, 80
  • References

    1940 in British music Wikipedia

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