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1949 in British music

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1949 in British music

This is a summary of 1949 in music in the United Kingdom.

Contents

Events

  • February - On hearing of the death of Ernest Walker, Albert Schweitzer writes: "Now the dear, gentle, kind, distinguished Dr. Walker has left this life. Seeing him impressed me deeply each time."
  • 14 July - Kathleen Ferrier performs in the world premiere of Benjamin Britten's Spring Symphony in Amsterdam, with Eduard van Beinum and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, a work written specifically for her.
  • 5 September - Wagnerian tenor Walter Widdop makes his last appearance at The Proms, singing an aria from Lohengrin, only one day before his sudden death.
  • date unknown - The Tempo Records jazz record label is founded by Colin Pomroy, Jack Clough, and R.E.G. (Ron) Davies.
  • Popular music

  • "Bluebird On Your Windowsill" w.m. Elizabeth Clarke & Robert Mellin
  • Classical music: new works

  • Malcolm Arnold - Symphony No. 1
  • Havergal Brian – Symphony No. 8 in B flat Minor
  • Benjamin Britten - Spring Symphony
  • William Walton - Sonata for violin and piano (written for Yehudi Menuhin and Louis Kentner)
  • Opera

  • Benjamin Britten - Let's Make an Opera (The Little Sweep)
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams – The Pilgrim's Progress (original version)
  • Film and Incidental music

  • Richard Addinsell - The Passionate Friends directed by David Lean.
  • Arthur Bliss - Christopher Columbus, starring Fredric March.
  • Ernest Irving -
  • Kind Hearts and Coronets, starring Alec Guinness.
  • A Run for Your Money, starring Donald Houston and Meredith Edwards.
  • Whisky Galore! directed by Alexander Mackendrick, starring Basil Radford, Bruce Seton, Joan Greenwood and Gordon Jackson.
  • Musical theatre

  • 15 September - King's Rhapsody, with music by Ivor Novello and lyrics by Christopher Hassall, opens at the Palace Theatre, London.
  • Musical films

  • Maytime in Mayfair, starring Anna Neagle
  • Melody in the Dark, starring Eunice Gayson
  • Trottie True, starring Jean Kent and Hugh Sinclair
  • Births

  • 4 January – Margaret Anne Marshall, Scottish soprano
  • 19 January – Robert Palmer, singer (died 2003)
  • 22 January – Phil Miller, English guitarist
  • 6 February - Mike Batt, singer and composer
  • 7 February - Alan Lancaster, bass player (Status Quo and The Party Boys)
  • 16 February - Lyn Paul, English singer and actress (The New Seekers)
  • 26 February - Dame Emma Kirkby, soprano
  • 24 March – Nick Lowe, singer-songwriter
  • 11 April - Lee Sheriden, singer with Brotherhood of Man
  • 13 May - Jane Glover, conductor
  • 18 May – Rick Wakeman, multi-instrumentalist and composer
  • 21 May – Rosalind Plowright, operatic mezzo-soprano
  • 17 June – Snakefinger, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Residents and Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers) (died 1987)
  • 24 June – John Illsley, singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (Dire Straits)
  • 3 July - John Verity, guitarist (Argent)
  • 12 July – John Wetton, bass guitarist (King Crimson, Roxy Music)
  • 15 July - Trevor Horn, record producer, songwriter, musician and singer, sometimes called "The Man Who Invented the Eighties".
  • 17 July
  • Geezer Butler, bass player and songwriter (Black Sabbath, Geezer Butler Band, GZR, and Heaven & Hell)
  • Wayne Sleep, actor, dancer, and choreographer
  • 28 July – Simon Kirke, English drummer (Bad Company and Free)
  • 12 August
  • Mark Knopfler, singer, songwriter, guitarist and composer
  • Lou Martin, Irish-English pianist, songwriter, and producer (died 2012)
  • 28 August – Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers)
  • 1 October - Allan Barty, folk musician (died 2008)
  • 29 October - David Paton, guitarist, singer and songwriter
  • 2 November - Frankie Miller, rock singer-songwriter
  • 23 November - Sandra Stevens, singer with Brotherhood of Man
  • 26 November - Martin Lee, singer with Brotherhood of Man
  • 3 December - Nicky Stevens, singer with Brotherhood of Man
  • 5 December - John Altman, film composer, arranger and conductor
  • 17 December - Paul Rodgers, rock vocalist
  • 22 December – Robin Gibb (died 2012) and Maurice Gibb (died 2003) (Bee Gees
  • Deaths

  • 11 January - Edward Goll, Bohemian-born pianist, 64
  • 15 January - Robert Evett, singer, actor, theatre manager and producer, 74
  • 21 February - Ernest Walker, composer, pianist, organist, teacher and writer on music, 78
  • 3 May - David John Tawe Jones, composer, 64
  • 6 September - Walter Widdop, operatic tenor, 51
  • 30 October - Stanley Kirkby, baritone singer and variety artist, 71
  • date unknown
  • Euphemia Allen, composer best known for "Chopsticks"
  • Frank Clifford Harris, lyricist, 74
  • References

    1949 in British music Wikipedia


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