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2000 in British music

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2000 in British music

This is a summary of 2000 in music in the United Kingdom.



  • 1 January - British composer John Tavener is knighted in the New Year's Honours List.
  • 11 January
  • Gary Glitter is released from jail, two months before his sentence for sexual offences ends.
  • Sharon Osbourne quits as manager of Smashing Pumpkins after only three months. In a brash press release she announces she had to resign "for medical reasons: Billy Corgan was making me sick."
  • 16 February – The Silver Tassie, an opera by Mark-Anthony Turnage, receives its première at the London Coliseum, performed by the English National Opera.
  • 24 February – Italian motorcycle manufacturing company Aprilia wins a lawsuit filed against the Spice Girls over a sponsorship deal that fell apart when Geri Halliwell left the group.
  • 28 March – Jimmy Page wins a lawsuit filed against Ministry magazine, which claimed that Page had contributed to the death of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham by wearing a Satanic robe and chanting spells while Bonham was dying. The magazine apologizes and offers to pay Page's legal bills. Page donates the money received from the case to the Action for Brazil's Children Trust.
  • 4 April – Mick Jagger attends the opening of an arts center named after him at Dartford Grammar School in southeast England.
  • 5 May – Rod Stewart undergoes an hour-long throat operation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to remove a growth on his thyroid, which turns out to be benign.
  • 13 May - The 45th Eurovision Song Contest final is held in Stockholm's Globe Arena. The UK entry, "Don't Play That Song Again", performed by Nicki French, finished in sixteenth place - the worst-ever showing for a UK entry up to that time.
  • 21-22 July – Oasis plays at Wembley Stadium. The first of this night is featured on the double CD and the DVD Familiar to Millions.
  • 22 December - Madonna marries film director Guy Ritchie, at Skibo Castle in Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland with Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney, Sting, George Clooney, Jon Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Bryan Adams, Rupert Everett and others in attendance.
  • New works

  • Thomas Adès – Piano Quintet, op. 20
  • Julian Anderson – Alhambra Suite, for chamber orchestra
  • Edward Cowie
  • Bad Lands Gold, for tuba and piano
  • Concerto for oboe and orchestra
  • Dark Matter, for brass ensemble
  • Elysium IV, for orchestra
  • Four Frames in a Row, for high voice and baroque ensemble
  • The Healing of Saul, for violin and harp (or piano)
  • Several Charms, for violin and piano
  • Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Symphony No. 7
  • Symphony No. 8 Antarctica
  • James MacMillan – Mass, for choir and organ
  • Roger Smalley – String Quartet No. 2
  • John Tavener – Song of the Cosmos
  • Opera

  • Peter Maxwell Davies – Mr Emmet Takes a Walk
  • Jake Heggie – Dead Man Walking
  • Michael Nyman – Facing Goya
  • Richard Thomas – Tourette's Diva
  • Albums

  • Peter Donohoe - Walton with Maggini String Quartet
  • Simon Keenlyside - The Songs of Robert Schumann, Vol. 02
  • Nigel Kennedy - Kennedy Plays Bach
  • Film and TV scores and incidental music

  • Simon Brint with Kenny G - Monarch of the Glen
  • Charlie Mole - Paranoid
  • John Murphy - Snatch
  • Rachel Portman - Chocolat
  • Stephen Warbeck - Quills
  • Musical films

  • Love's Labour's Lost, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, music by Patrick Doyle
  • BRIT Awards

    The 2000 BRIT Awards winners were:

  • Best selling live act: Steps
  • Best soundtrack: "Notting Hill"
  • British album: Travis – "The Man Who"
  • British breakthrough act: S Club 7
  • British dance act: The Chemical Brothers
  • British female solo artist: Beth Orton
  • British group: Travis
  • British male solo artist: Tom Jones
  • British single: Robbie Williams – "She's the One"
  • British video: Robbie Williams – "She's the One"
  • International breakthrough act: Macy Gray
  • International female: Macy Gray
  • International group: TLC
  • International male: Beck
  • Outstanding contribution: Spice Girls
  • Pop act: Five
  • Mercury Music Prize

    The 2000 Mercury Music Prize was awarded to Badly Drawn Boy – The Hour of Bewilderbeast.

    Record of the Year

    The Record of the Year was awarded to "My Love" by Westlife


  • 27 March – Ian Dury, rock musician, 57 (liver cancer)
  • 7 February – Dave Peverett, singer and guitarist of Foghat, 56 (cancer)
  • 13 April – Inglis Gundry, composer, novelist and musicologist, 94
  • 15 July – Paul Young, singer and percussionist of Sad Café and Mike + The Mechanics, 53 (heart attack)
  • 6 May – Leonard Salzedo, conductor and composer, 78
  • 1 June – Eric Gilder, pianist, conductor, composer and musicologist, 88
  • 20 August – Nancy Evans, operatic mezzo-soprano, 85
  • 22 October – Fred Pratt Green, Methodist minister and hymnwriter, 97
  • 3 November – Robert Sherlaw Johnson, pianist, composer and music writer, 68
  • 8 November – Dick Morrissey, tenor saxophonist, 60 (cancer)
  • 16 November – Russ Conway, pianist, 75
  • 18 December – Kirsty McColl, singer-songwriter, 41 (speedboat accident)
  • 24 December – Allan Smethurst ("The Singing Postman"), 73
  • References

    2000 in British music Wikipedia

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