|Covid-19|5 August - Salad Days opens in the West End after a short run in Bristol. It becomes the longest-running musical in British theatre history until overtaken by Oliver! in 1960.
14 September - Benjamin Britten conducts the premiere of his opera The Turn of the Screw at Teatro La Fenice, Venice.
1 October - The UK Singles Chart is expanded into a Top 20.
3 December - William Walton's opera Troilus and Cressida opens at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. It is not a success.
See UK No.1 Hits of 1954
Gerald Finzi - Cello Concerto in A minor
Alun Hoddinott - Clarinet Concerto
Daniel Jones - Symphony No. 4
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Tuba Concerto in F minor
Benjamin Britten - The Turn of the Screw
Arwel Hughes - Menna
William Walton - Troilus and Cressida
This is a summary of 1954 in music of all genres in the United Kingdom.
Film and Incidental musicMalcolm Arnold -
The Belles of St Trinian's, starring Alistair Sim.
Hobson's Choice directed by David Lean, starring Charles Laughton, Brenda De Banzie, John Mills and Prunella Scales.
The Sea Shall Not Have Them, starring Michael Redgrave, Dirk Bogarde and Anthony Steel.
Francis Chagrin - An Inspector Calls directed by Guy Hamilton, starring Alastair Sim.
Eric Coates - The Dam Busters March
Mátyás Seiber - Animal Farm
Salad Days, with music by Julian Slade and lyrics by Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade
Lilacs in the Spring, starring Anna Neagle
23 January - Edward Ka-Spel, singer-songwriter
8 March - Cheryl Baker, singer with Bucks Fizz
15 March - Isobel Buchanan, operatic soprano
John Michael Talbot, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Mason Proffit)
Gary Wilmot, entertainer
11 May - Judith Weir, composer
10 July - Neil Tennant, singer-songwriter and record producer (Pet Shop Boys)
11 August - Joe Jackson, singer, songwriter and composer
25 August - Elvis Costello, singer-songwriter
21 October - Eric Faulkner, guitarist, songwriter, and singer (Bay City Rollers)
3 November - Adam Ant, singer
4 November - Chris Difford, singer, songwriter and record producer (Squeeze)
18 November - John Parr, singer
7 December - Mike Nolan, singer with Bucks Fizz
10 December - Jack Hues, singer-songwriter and guitarist (Wang Chung)
25 December - Annie Lennox, singer
18 January - Herbert Heyner, operatic baritone, 71
3 March - Noel Gay, songwriter, 55
4 April - Frederick Lonsdale, dramatist of musicals, 73
24 July - Anne Gilchrist, folk song collector, 90
9 August - Frederick Keel, baritone singer and composer, 83
14 December - Philip Ritte, operatic tenor, 83
29 November - Sir George Robey, music hall star, 85
date unknown - George Alex Stevens, songwriter and musical show director
1954 in British music Wikipedia
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