1949 in British music
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This is a summary of 1949 in music in the United Kingdom.
- 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.
- "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)
- 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 -
- 15 September - King's Rhapsody, with music by Ivor Novello and lyrics by Christopher Hassall, opens at the Palace Theatre, London.
- Maytime in Mayfair, starring Anna Neagle
- Melody in the Dark, starring Eunice Gayson
- Trottie True, starring Jean Kent and Hugh Sinclair
- 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
- 28 July – Simon Kirke, English drummer (Bad Company and Free)
- 12 August
- 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
- 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
- Margaret Deneke, Ernest Walker, 1951
- Blyth, Alan (2007). "Ferrier, Kathleen (Mary)". Oxford Music Online. Retrieved 2 June 2011.(subscription required)
- Mitchell, Donald (ed) (2004). Letters From A Life: Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten, Vol. 3 1946-51. London: Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-22282-X. p. 408
- Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p489
- Welsh Biography Online. Accessed 16 November 2013
- Steane, John. "Widdop, Walter." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online, accessed 4 November 2010 (subscription required)