12 January – Having stipulated that he did not want a funeral ceremony, David Bowie is cremated in New Jersey, USA, with arrangements for his ashes to be scattered in accordance with Buddhist rituals on the island of Bali.
13 January – Chetham's School of Music announces the appointment of Alun Jones as its new Head, effective September 2016.
28 January – Wigmore Hall live-streams performances for the first time.
4 February - The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra announces the appointment of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla as its next music director, effective September 2016, with an initial contract of 3 years. She is the first female conductor to be named music director of the CBSO.
19 February – The Royal Philharmonic Society announces Sir Peter Maxwell Davies as the recipient of its 102nd Gold Medal.
24 February – The 2016 Brit Awards ceremony takes place at The O2, presented by Ant & Dec. David Bowie is awarded the "Brits Icon" award, a few weeks after his death. Actor Gary Oldman accepts the award on Bowie's behalf.
2 March - The Bridgewater Hall announces the appointment of Andrew Bolt as its new chief executive.
21 March – The Gloucester Cathedral Choir announces that it is to recruit girl choristers for the first time in its history, in April 2016.
22 March – Mark Wigglesworth announces his resignation as music director of English National Opera, effective at the end of the 2015–2016 season.
18 April - The Royal Northern College of Music announces the appointment of Sir John Tomlinson as its next president, for a term of 5 years, effective January 2017.
23 April – The London Woodwind Orchestra, the first professional woodwind orchestra in the UK, gives its debut performance at St John's Smith Square.
29 April – English National Opera announces the appointment of Daniel Kramer as its next artistic director, effective 1 August 2016.
12 May – The Stone Roses release their first new single in 21 years, "All For One", their first new material since their 2011 reformation.
14 May – The United Kingdom will compete in the final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden. This year's Joe and Jake will represent the United Kingdom with their song, You're Not Alone
15 May – Sheku Kanneh-Mason wins the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year award.
12 June – Queen's Birthday HonoursRod Stewart is made a Knight Bachelor.
Alison Balsom is awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Brian Lang, Colin Lawson, Paul Lewis, John McLeod are each made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
13 June - The Royal Albert Hall announces that Chris Cotton, its current chief executive, is to retire.
24 June - Never heard during the composer's lifetime, Still Point by Daphne Oram receives its world premiere at St John's Smith Square, London, 67 years after Oram composed the work.
11 July – Release of Stand As One – Live at Glastonbury 2016, an album of live performances from the 2016 Glastonbury Festival in memory of Jo Cox, the MP recently killed in a violent attack; proceeds from the album will go towards helping Oxfam's work with refugees, Cox having worked for the charity for some years.
13 July – The Guildhall School of Music and Drama announces the appointment of Lynne Williams as its next principal, effective in 2017.
2 August – The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra announces the appointment of Dominic Parker as its new Director, in succession to Gavin Reid.
12 September – The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden announces the appointment of Oliver Mears as its next Director of Opera, effective March 2017.
8 October – The Wind in the Willows, a musical by Julian Fellowes with music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, receives its world première at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth.
21 October – English National Opera announces the appointment of Martyn Brabbins as its new music director, with immediate effect, with an initial contract through October 2020.
24 October - The Royal Albert Hall announces the appointment of Craig Hassall as its next chief executive, effective 2017.
4 November – The UK government announced withdrawal of funding support for the proposed new London Concert Hall.
7 December - Northern Ireland Opera announces the appointment of Walter Sutcliffe as its next artistic director, effective February 2017.
13 December - The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh announces that its chief executive, Adrian Harris, is to retire at the end of December 2016.
30 December - New Year's Honours 2017Dame Evelyn Glennie is made a Companion of Honour.
Ray Davies, Jeffrey Tate and Bryn Terfel are each made a Knight Bachelor.
Lennox Mackenzie and Stephen Maddock are each made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
Iestyn Davies and Anthony Forbes are each made a Member of the Order of the British Empire.
8 January – Launch of the first series of Lip Sync Battle: UK on Channel 5, a British version of the American musical comedy television show where celebrities lip sync battle each other to various popular songs.
9 January – Launch of the fifth series of The Voice UK, the last to be broadcast by the BBC.
Bentley Rhythm Ace
Meet Me in St. Louis
Spice Girls - GEM
Super Furry Animals
Bombay Bicycle Club
The Bad Shepherds
Dead or Alive
Funeral for a Friend
Julian Anderson - Incantesimi
Chaconne (for organ)
A Shakespeare Masque (text by Carol Ann Duffy)
In Black Bright Ink
Judith Bingham - The Orchid and Its Hunters
Harrison Birtwistle - Five Lessons in a Frame
Mark David Boden - Ghyll
Falling in the Fire (for cello and orchestra)
Diana Burrell – Concerto for Brass and Orchestra
Paul Carr - Violin Concerto
Chiu-yu Chou - Tongue
Anna Clyne – This Lunar Beauty
Ronald Corp - "Behold, the sea"
Spirit of the Staircase
Laurence Crane - Cobbled Section After Cobbled Section
Stephen Deazley (music) and Martin Riley (text) - The Rattler
James Dillon - The Gates for string quartet and orchestra
Richard Emsley - Strange Attractor
Edmund Finnis – Parallel Colour
Bride of the Wind
Cheryl Frances-Hoad - Game On (for piano and Commodore 64)
Michael Zev Gordon – In the Middle of Things
Malcolm Hayes – Violin Concerto
Morgan Hayes - Overture: The Kiss
Piers Hellawell – Wild Flow
Thomas Hyde - Piano Trio: after Picasso
Patrick John Jones - Locks of the approaching storm
Mica Levi - Signal Before War
Zoë Martlew - Broad St. Burlesque
Christian Mason - Isolarion III
Benedict Mason - Horns Strings and Harmony
David Matthews - Norfolk March
Bayan Northcott – Concerto for Orchestra
Ben Palmer - Flying in the Fire
Roxanna Panufnik – Kyrie after Byrd
Owain Park – Upheld by stillness
Aaron Parker - After sunset fades
Anthony Payne – Of Land, Sea and Sky
Joseph Phibbs - Partita
John Pickard - Symphony No 5
Michael Pisaro - fields have ears (10)
Sophya Polevaya - Carousel
Francis Pott – Laudate Dominum
John Powell - A Prussian Requiem
Alwynne Pritchard - Rockaby
Ryan Probert – Mattei
Derek Rodgers - Clarinet Concerto
Matt Rogers - We Happened to Travel
David Sawer - AprilMarch
Frederick Scott - Toccata seconda
Percy Sherwood - Concerto for violin and cello
Howard Skempton - Piano Concerto
Mark-Anthony Turnage – Strapless (ballet in one act, choreography by Christopher Wheeldon)
Roderick Williams – Ave verum corpus re-imagined
Scott Wilson - head-neck-chest-four-five-six-thing
John Woolrich - Swan Song
Figaro Gets a Divorce by Elena Langer (libretto by David Pountney) is premièred on 21 February 2016 by Welsh National Opera in Cardiff.
Found and Lost by Emily Hall is premièred at the Corinthia Hotel London in January 2016.
Thomas Adès and Tom Cairns – The Exterminating Angel
Iain Bell (music), David Antrobus and Emma Jenkins (libretto) - In Parenthesis
David Bruce and Glyn Maxwell – Nothing
Nicholas Jackson – The Rose and the Ring
Hannah Kendall and Tessa McWatt – The Knife of Dawn
Stuart MacRae and Louise Welsh – The Devil Inside
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies - The Hogboon
Mark Simpson and Melanie Challenger – Pleasure
Philip Venables - 4.48 Psychosis
The Wind in the Willows by Julian Fellowes, with music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Erran Baron Cohen & David Buckley – Grimsby
Charlie Mole – Dad's Army
Debbie Wiseman – Dickensian
Brit Awards – see 2016 Brit Awards
4 January – Robert Stigwood, Australian-born band manager (Bee Gees, Cream) and film producer (Grease, Saturday Night Fever), 81 (death announced on this date)
10 January – David Bowie, singer-songwriter and actor, 69
17 January – Dale Griffin, drummer (Mott the Hoople), 67 (Alzheimer's disease)
24 January – Jimmy Bain, Scottish bassist (Rainbow, Dio), 68
26 January – Colin Vearncombe (aka Black), singer-songwriter, 53 (head injuries sustained in a traffic collision)
Paul Kantner, singer-songwriter, guitarist (Jefferson Airplane), 74
Signe Anderson, singer-songwriter (Jefferson Airplane), 74
9 February – Roy Harris, folk singer, 82
13 February – Members of Viola Beach:
Kris Leonard, 20, singer and guitarist
Jack Dakin, 19, drummer
Tomas Lowe, 27, bassist
River Reeves, 19, guitarist
Craig Tarry, 32, manager (road accident)
16 February – Gwyneth George, concert cellist and music academic, 95
18 February – Brendan Healy, 59, actor and musician
19 February – Vi Subversa, musician (Poison Girls), 80
25 February – John Chilton, jazz musician and writer, 83
1 March – Louise Plowright, musical theatre actress, 59 (pancreatic cancer)
8 March – Sir George Martin, Grammy-winning producer and composer, 90
9 March – Jon English, English-born Australian musician and actor, 66 (complications from surgery)
10 March – Keith Emerson, keyboardist (Emerson, Lake and Palmer), 71 (self-inflicted gunshot wound)
14 March – Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, composer and conductor, Master of the Queen's Music (2004–2014), 81
4 April – Royston Nash, conductor, 82
12 April – Alan Loveday, violinist, 88
15 April – Guy Woolfenden, composer and conductor, 78
25 May – Peggy Spencer, dancer and choreographer, 95
31 May – Tim Feild, musician (The Springfields), 82
3 June – Dave Swarbrick, folk musician and singer-songwriter (Fairport Convention), 75
14 June – Henry McCullough, guitarist (Paul McCartney & Wings), 72
Mike Hart, singer-songwriter, 72
Harry Rabinowitz, composer and conductor, 100
2 July – David Patrick Gedge, organist, 77
13 July – Steven Young, musician (Colourbox, M/A/R/R/S), 53
17 July – Fred Tomlinson, singer (The Two Ronnies, Monty Python's Flying Circus), composer ("The Lumberjack Song") and critic, 88
24 July – Keith Gemmell, saxophonist, clarinetist (Audience), 68
26 July – Paul Robertson, violinist and leader of the Medici String Quartet, 63
29 July – Ken Barrie, voice actor and singer, 83
30 July – Nigel Gray, record producer (Outlandos d'Amour), 69
14 August – Neil Black, oboist, 84
19 August – Derek Smith, jazz pianist, 85 (death announced on this date)
22 August – Gilli Smyth, singer (Gong), 83
28 August – John Stenhouse, orchestral bass clarinetist, 74
12 September – Hidayat Inayat Khan, composer and conductor, 99
30 September – Michael Casswell, guitarist, 53
Sir Neville Marriner, conductor and violinist, 92
Thomas Round, opera singer, 100
5 October – Rod Temperton, songwriter, producer and musician (Heatwave), 68
7 October – Anne Pashley, Olympic athlete and opera singer, 80
23 October – Pete Burns, singer (Dead or Alive), 57 (cardiac arrest)
7 November – Sir Jimmy Young, singer and DJ, 95
11 November – George Reynolds, orchestral trumpeter, 78
22 November – Craig Gill, drummer (Inspiral Carpets), 44
1 December – Micky Fitz, punk singer (The Business) (death announced this date)
7 December – Greg Lake, singer, musician, producer (King Crimson), (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), 69 (cancer)
24 December – Rick Parfitt, singer, musician, (Status Quo), 68 (septicaemia)
25 December – George Michael, singer, 53
2016 in British music Wikipedia
This is a summary of the year 2016 in British music.