1943 in British music
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|1940s in music in the UK|
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1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944
1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949
This is a summary of 1943 in music in the United Kingdom.
- The Committee for the Promotion of New Music (later renamed Society for the Promotion of New Music) is founded by Francis Chagrin in London with the intention of promoting the creation, performance and appreciation of new music by young and unestablished composers. Ralph Vaughan Williams agrees to be president, with Arthur Bliss the committee's vice-president.
- Arthur Bliss's Piano Concerto and William Walton's Belshazzar's Feast are recorded under the auspices of the British Council.
- 27 March – Michael Tippett's String Quartet No. 2 is first performed in London.
- 24 June – Ralph Vaughan Williams conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the premiere of his Fifth Symphony at a Proms Concert in the Royal Albert Hall.
- 15 October – first performance of Benjamin Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with soloists Peter Pears and Dennis Brain at the Wigmore Hall.
- "Silver Wings In The Moonlight" w.m. Hughie Charles, Sonny Miller & Leo Towers
Classical music: new works
- Benjamin Britten
- Ralph Vaughan Williams
- William Walton
- The Quest (ballet)
- Violin Concerto (reorchestrated)
Film and Incidental music
- 17 April - Show Boat (Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II) - London revival opens at the Stoll Theatre and runs for 264 performances.
- 10 June - Sweet And Low London revue opens at the Ambassadors Theatre and runs for 264 performances.
- 17 June - The Lisbon Story opens at the Hippodrome Theatre and runs for 492 performances.
- 16 January
- 29 January - Mark Wynter, singer
- 25 February - George Harrison, guitarist, singer and songwriter (died 2001)
- 9 March - David Matthews, composer
- 29 March - Eric Idle, actor, writer, and songwriter
- 16 April – Ruth Madoc, actress and singer
- 17 April - Elinor Bennett, harpist
- 20 April - Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
- 25 April - Tony Christie, singer
- 14 May - Jack Bruce, vocalist, guitarist and composer
- 26 July - Mick Jagger, singer and actor (The Rolling Stones)
- 28 July - Richard Wright, keyboardist (Pink Floyd) (died 2008)
- 24 August – Dafydd Iwan, musician and politician
- 6 September - Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)
- 3 November - Bert Jansch, folk musician (died 2011)
- 17 December - Dave Dee, singer (died 2009)
- 7 February - Clara Novello Davies, singer, mother of Ivor Novello, 81
- 28 March – Ben Davies, operatic tenor, 85
- 14 April - Geoffrey Shaw, church musician and composer, 63
- 25 April - William Edward Wadeley, organist and composer, 89
- 3 May - Leslie Heward, conductor and composer, 45
- 30 July - Benjamin Dale, composer, 58
- 28 November - Arthur Catterall, violinist and conductor, 60
- Carner, Mosco (October 1945), "The Committee for the Promotion of New Music", The Musical Times: 297, doi:10.2307/934638
- Payne, Anthony. "Society for the Promotion of New Music", Grove Music Online, Oxford University Press, retrieved 15 June 2014. (subscription required)
- Morris, John Vincent (May 2011), Battle for Music: Music and British Wartime Propaganda 1935-1945, University of Exeter, p. 87
- Kendall, Alan. The Chronicle of Classical Music. Thames & Hudson, 2000: p. 234
- Mitchell, Donald (ed) (1991). Letters From A Life: Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten, Vol. 2 1939-45. London: Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-160581. p. 1030
- Foreman, Lewis (2008). Benjamin Dale—Music for Viola [sleeve notes]. Dutton Epoch. Retrieved 2011-07-13.