1958 in British music
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This is a summary of 1958 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year.
- 5 February - Michael Tippett's Symphony No. 2 is first performed in London.
- 2 April - Ralph Vaughan Williams's Symphony No. 9 is premiered in London by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Malcolm Sargent.
- 10 April - Singer Cleo Laine and bandleader John Dankworth marry.
- July - Pete Seeger begins performing his new song "The Bells of Rhymney", based on a lyric by Welsh poet Idris Davies.
- 2-9 December - Decca makes the first complete recording of Peter Grimes, conducted by the composer Benjamin Britten.
- Other events - The UK decides not to compete in the third annual Eurovision Song Contest, after coming 7th in the previous year's contest. It is the second of the only two occasions in the contest's history that the UK fails to enter.
Classical music: new works
- Ronald Binge - "The Watermill"
- Daniel Jones - The Country Beyond the Stars (cantata)
- Thea Musgrave - String Quartet
- Ian Parrott - Concerto for English horn (cor anglais) and orchestra
- Ralph Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 9
- Grace Williams - Six Poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins for contralto and string sextet
Film and Incidental music
- Richard Addinsell - A Tale of Two Cities, starring Dirk Bogarde and Dorothy Tutin.
- John Addison - I Was Monty's Double.
- William Alwyn - A Night to Remember directed by Roy Ward Baker.
- Malcolm Arnold - Dunkirk, starring John Mills, Richard Attenborough and Bernard Lee.
- James Bernard - Dracula directed by Terence Fisher, starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.
- Buxton Orr - Corridors of Blood, starring Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee.
- Leonard Salzedo - The Revenge of Frankenstein directed by Terence Fisher, starring Peter Cushing.
- Expresso Bongo, book by Wolf Mankowitz and Julian More, with music by David Heneker and Monty Norman
- 24 January - Jools Holland, pianist, bandleader and television presenter
- 1 March - Nik Kershaw, singer-songwriter
- 5 March - Andy Gibb, English-born singer (died 1988)
- 8 March - Gary Numan, British singer
- 18 March - Neil Brand, British writer, pianist and composer
- 12 April - Will Sergeant, guitarist (Echo & the Bunnymen)
- 15 April - Benjamin Zephaniah, writer and musician
- 25 April - Fish, Scottish singer
- 18 May - Toyah Willcox, actress and singer
- 25 May - Paul Weller, singer-songwriter
- 30 July - Kate Bush, singer and songwriter
- 7 August - Bruce Dickinson, musician
- 13 August - Feargal Sharkey, singer (The Undertones)
- 21 September - Simon Mayo, radio presenter
- 14 October - Thomas Dolby, musician
- 20 October - Mark King, guitarist and singer
- 27 October - Simon Le Bon, singer (Duran Duran)
- 19 December - Limahl, singer
- 2 April - Tudor Davies, operatic tenor (born 1892)
- 14 April - Katharine Goodson, pianist (born 1872)
- 3 May - Roland Cunningham, Australian-born British singer and actor (born 1872)
- 5 August - Joseph Holbrooke, composer (born 1878)
- 26 August - Ralph Vaughan Williams, British composer (born 1872)
- 2 September - Betty Humby Beecham, pianist (born 1908)
- 24 October - Martin Shaw, composer (born 1875)
- 27 October - John Wooldridge, film composer (born 1919) (car accident)
- 3 November - Harry Revel, musical theatre composer (b. 1905)
- 6 November - Francis George Scott, composer (born 1880)
- 28 December - Reginald Foresythe, jazz pianist, arranger, composer, and bandleader (born 1907)
- date unknown - John Strachan, ballad singer (born 1875)
- Kendall, Alan. The Chronicle of Classical Music. Thames & Hudson, 2000: p. 243
- Reed, Philip & Cooke, Mervyn (eds). Letters From a Life: The Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten, Vol. 5 1958-1965. The Boydell Press (2010). p. 67
- Hyperion Records. Accessed 23 April 2014