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1946 in British music

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1946 in British music

This is a summary of 1946 in music in the United Kingdom.

Contents

Events

  • February – Kathleen Ferrier's recording contract with Columbia Records expires, and she transfers to Decca.
  • 21 March - Swedish premiere of Peter Grimes, the opera's first performance outside the UK, in Stockholm.
  • June - George Formby is awarded the Order of the British Empire in the 1946 King's Birthday Honours List.
  • 5 July - Michael Tippett arranges the first British performance of Monteverdi's Vespers at Morley College, adding his own organ Preludio for the occasion.
  • 6, 7 & 9 August - Leonard Bernstein conducts the first US performance of Peter Grimes at the Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood.
  • Popular music

  • Geraldo and his Orchestra - "We'll Gather Lilacs" (Ivor Novello)
  • Archie Lewis and The Geraldo Strings - "I Dream of You (More Than You Dream I Do)"
  • "It's A Pity To Say Goodnight" - (Billy Reid)
  • Classical music: new works

  • Malcolm Arnold – Symphony for Strings opus 13
  • Edmund Rubbra – Cello Sonata opus 60
  • Michael Tippett – Little Music for String Orchestra
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams - Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, co-arranged with Joseph Cooper
  • William Walton – String Quartet No. 2 in A minor
  • Opera

  • Benjamin Britten – The Rape of Lucretia
  • Film and Incidental music

  • William Alwyn - I See a Dark Stranger, starring Deborah Kerr and Trevor Howard.
  • John Ireland - The Overlanders.
  • Alan Rawsthorne - The Captive Heart, starring Michael Redgrave.
  • Musical theatre

  • 7 March - The London production of Song of Norway opens at the Palace Theatre and runs for 526 performances.
  • 19 December - Noël Coward's new musical Pacific 1860 opens at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, starring Mary Martin and Graham Payn.
  • Musical films

  • Gaiety George, released July 22, starring Richard Greene and Ann Todd.
  • I'll Turn to You, directed by Geoffrey Faithfull, starring Terry Randall and Don Stannard
  • The Laughing Lady, directed by Paul L. Stein, starring Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth
  • London Town, released September 30, starring Sid Fields, Greta Gynt, Petula Clark, Kay Kendall and Sonny Hale and featuring Tessie O'Shea and Beryl Davis.
  • The Magic Bow, directed by Bernard Knowles, starring Stewart Granger and Phyllis Calvert
  • Births

  • 3 January – John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
  • 6 January – Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd) (died 2006)
  • 22 January – Malcolm McLaren, impresario and founder of the Sex Pistols (died 2010)
  • 7 March - Matthew Fisher (Procol Harum)
  • 21 March – Ray Dorset (Mungo Jerry)
  • 1 April – Ronnie Lane, singer, songwriter and guitarist (The Faces) (died 1997)
  • 2 April - Raymond Gubbay, classical music promoter
  • 4 April – Dave Hill, guitarist (Slade)
  • 11 April – Bob Harris, DJ
  • 10 May
  • Donovan, folk singer
  • Graham Gouldman, singer and songwriter (10cc)
  • Dave Mason, singer-songwriter and guitarist (Traffic and Fleetwood Mac)
  • 15 May – Aly Bain, Scottish fiddler (The Boys of the Lough)
  • 16 May – Robert Fripp, guitarist, composer and record producer
  • 18 May – Bruce Gilbert, guitarist (Wire and Dome)
  • 19 July – Alan Gorrie, Scottish singer and bass player (Average White Band and Forever More)
  • 23 July – Andy Mackay, saxophonist, oboist, and composer
  • 10 August – Peter Karrie, star of West End musical productions
  • 1 September - Barry Gibb, singer and songwriter
  • 5 September - Freddie Mercury, singer (Queen) (died 1991)
  • 23 September - Duster Bennett, blues singer and musician (died 1976)
  • 28 September – Helen Shapiro, singer
  • 14 October
  • Justin Hayward, guitarist, singer and songwriter (The Moody Blues)
  • Dan McCafferty (Nazareth)
  • 29 October – Peter Green, guitarist and singer
  • 8 November – Roy Wood, singer and songwriter (The Move, Wizzard)
  • 11 November – Chip Hawkes, vocalist and guitarist (The Tremeloes)
  • 24 November – Bev Bevan, drummer (Electric Light Orchestra, Black Sabbath)
  • 1 December – Gilbert O'Sullivan, singer-songwriter
  • 12 December – Clive Bunker, drummer (Jethro Tull, Electric Sun, Solstice, and Aviator)
  • 14 December – Jane Birkin, French-based actress and singer
  • 16 December - Trevor Pinnock, harpsichordist and conductor
  • 29 December – Marianne Faithfull, singer and actress
  • Deaths

  • 29 January - Sidney Jones, conductor and composer, 84
  • 20 February – Hugh Allen, organist and choral conductor, 76
  • 13 March - Thomas Dunhill, composer and music writer, 69
  • 13 April - W. H. Bell, composer and conductor, 72
  • 1 May
  • Edward Bairstow, organist and composer, 71
  • Percy Whitlock, organist and composer, 42 (tuberculosis)
  • 16 October – Sir Granville Bantock, composer, 78
  • 10 November - Nicholas Gatty, composer and music critic, 72
  • 5 December - Tom Clare, music hall singer and pianist, 70
  • 15 December - Frederic Norton, composer, 77
  • References

    1946 in British music Wikipedia


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