2010 in British music
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This is a summary of 2010 in music in the United Kingdom.
- 1 Events
- 2 UK charts
- 3 Groups reformed
- 4 Groups disbanded
- 5 Classical music
- 6 Musical films
- 7 British music awards
- 8 Deaths
- 9 References
- 1 January - Musicians honoured in the Queen's New Year Honours list include mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly (CBE), conductor James Loughran (CBE), composer Craig Armstrong (OBE), rock musicians Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt (OBE), composer Rachel Portman (OBE) and guitarist Jet Harris (MBE).
- 9 January - Jamie Cullum marries model Sophie Dahl.
- 29 March – Protesters interrupt a concert by the Jerusalem Quartet at London's Wigmore Hall.
- 8 June - The Gregynog Music Festival opens; performers include Emma Kirkby, Catrin Finch and The Academy of Ancient Music.
- 12 June - Musicians honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours list include composer and conductor George Benjamin (CBE), composer Karl Jenkins (CBE), jazz musician Bill Ashton (OBE), singer-songwriter Graham Nash (OBE), and rock musician John Cale.
- 23–28 June - The Glastonbury Festival 2010 is headlined by Stevie Wonder. Other acts performing include Muse, Gorillaz, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, Keane and Scissor Sisters.
- 15 July - Robbie Williams announces that he will rejoin Take That.
- 16 July - The Proms 2010 season opens with a performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8.
- 25 July
- A special daytime Prom concert at the Royal Albert Hall includes Murray Gold's original music from the television series Doctor Who, and his arrangement of Ron Grainer's Doctor Who theme.
- A memorial concert in honour of the recently deceased Sir Charles Mackerras takes place at the Royal Albert Hall, with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vassily Sinaisky.
- 26 July - Simon Holt's "a table of noises" (2007), a concerto for percussion receives its London première at The Proms, having originally been performed in Birmingham.
- 13 August - The Three Choirs Festival Youth Choir give their first concert, at Tewkesbury Abbey, performing Handel’s "Zadok the Priest", "Water Music (Suite No 2 in D)" and "My Heart is Inditing", and Bach’s "Magnificat", accompanied by the Corelli Chamber Orchestra.
- 17 August - Huw Watkins' Violin Concerto is premièred at The Proms by Alina Ibragimova, for whom it was written.
- 11 September - The Last Night of the Proms opens with the première of Jonathan Dove's "A Song of Joys". Jiří Bělohlávek conducts the concert for the first time, and Renée Fleming is the soloist for "Rule, Britannia".
- Suede (live only)
- The Yummy Fur (touring only)
- The Libertines (Reading and Leeds Festival)
- Emerson, Lake & Palmer (High Voltage Festival)
- Take That (original line-up)
- Patrick Hawes - Highgrove Suite
- Kenneth Hesketh - Danceries (set II)
- Jon Lord - To Notice Such Things
- Mark-Anthony Turnage - Hammered Out
- Graham Waterhouse - Chinese Whispers
British music awards
- British Male Solo Artist: Dizzee Rascal
- British Female Solo Artist: Lily Allen
- British Breakthrough Act: JLS
- British Group: Kasabian
- MasterCard British Album: Lungs – Florence and the Machine
- British Single: "Beat Again" – JLS
- International Male Solo Artist: Jay-Z
- International Female Solo Artist: Lady Gaga
- International Breakthrough Act: Lady Gaga
- International Album: The Fame – Lady Gaga
- Critics' Choice: Ellie Goulding
- Brits Album of 30 Years: (What's the Story) Morning Glory? – Oasis
- Brits Performance of 30 Years: "Wannabe" & "Who Do You Think You Are" – The Spice Girls
- Outstanding Contribution to Music: Robbie Williams
Classical BRIT Awards
- Male Artist of the Year — Vasily Petrenko
- Female Artist of the Year — Angela Gheorghiu
- Composer of the Year — Thomas Ades — The Tempest (opera)
- Young British Classical Performer or Group of the Year — Jack Liebeck
- Album of the Year — Only Men Aloud! — Band Of Brothers
- Soundtrack of the Year — Revolutionary Road — Thomas Newman
- Critics' Award — Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, conducted by Antonio Pappano with Rolando Villazón, Anja Harteros, Sonja Ganassi and Rene Pape — Messa da Requiem
- Lifetime Achievement In Music — Kiri Te Kanawa
Ivor Novello Awards
- Best Song Musically and Lyrically: "The Fear" – Lily Allen (written by Lily Allen and Greg Kurstin)
- Album Award: Sunny Side Up – Paolo Nutini
- Best Contemporary Song: "Daniel" – Bat for Lashes (written by Natasha Khan)
- PRS Most Performed Work: "The Fear" – Lily Allen
- International Achievement: Imogen Heap
- Ivors Inspiration Award: Johnny Marr
- Ivors Classical Music Award: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
- PRS For Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Trevor Horn
- Lifetime Achievement: Paul Weller
- Academy Fellowship: Sir Tim Rice
- Special International Award: Neil Sedaka
- Songwriters of the Year: Lily Allen and Greg Kurstin
- Best Television Soundtrack: Desperate Romantics (composed by Daniel Pemberton)
- Best Original Film Score: Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (composed by John Powell)
- Best Original Video Game Score: Killzone 2 (composed by Joris de Man)
Popjustice £20 Music Prize
British Composer Awards
The 8th British Composer Awards were held on 30 November 2010 at Stationers' Hall, London. BBC Radio 3 presenters Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Andrew McGregor hosted the awards, which were presented by Jude Kelly.
- Chamber: Northwest Wind – Raymond Yiu
- Community or Educational Project: James Watt: Head of Steam – Karen MacIver
- Vocal: Augenlieder – Ryan Wigglesworth
- Contemporary Jazz Composition: The Causeway Suite – James Hamilton
- Instrumental Solo or Duo: Lieux Retrouvés – Thomas Adès
- Sonic Art: Installation for 300 Speakers, Pianola and Vacuum Cleaner – John Wynne
- Choral: Psalm No 140 "Deliver me, O Lord" – Sasha Siem
- International Award: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra – Unsuk Chin
- Stage Works: Kaspar Hauser – Rory Boyle
- Liturgical: Psalm No 1 "Blessed Is the Man" – Cheryl Frances-Hoad
- Wind Band or Brass Band: Cloud Atlas – Philip Grange
- Making Music Award: Fall – Kerry Andrew
- Orchestral: Doubles – Brian Elias
Record of the Year
- 2 January - John Rhys Evans, operatic baritone, 79
- 28 January - Alistair Hulett, folk singer, 58 (liver failure)
- 6 February - Sir John Dankworth, jazz composer and musician, 82
- 9 February - Malcolm Vaughan, singer and actor, 80
- 23 February - Wyn Morris, conductor, 81
- 5 March - Philip Langridge, operatic tenor, 70
- 1 April - Morag Beaton, opera singer, 83
- 8 April - Malcolm McLaren, impresario and former Sex Pistols manager, 64 (peritoneal mesothelioma)
- 9 April - Kenneth McKellar, tenor, 82
- 10 May – Jack Birkett, dancer, singer, mime artist and actor, 75
- 7 June - Stuart Cable, drummer, 40 (choked on vomit)
- 21 June
- 29 June - Alf Carretta, lead singer of The Zimmers, 93
- 1 July - John Paynter, composer and music educator, 78
- 5 July - David Fanshawe, composer, 68 (stroke)
- 20 July - Anthony Rolfe Johnson, tenor, 69
- 17 August - Bill Millin, British Army soldier and piper during WWII (born 1922)
- 21 September - Geoffrey Burgon, film and TV score composer, 69
- 10 October - Alison Stephens, English mandolin player, 40 (cervical cancer)
- 30 October - Morris Pert, Scottish composer, drummer /percussionist and pianist, 62
- 25 November - Peter Christopherson, musician, 55
- 16 December - Richard Adeney, British flautist, 90
- Jessen, Monique (11 January 2010). "Jamie Cullum and Sophie Dahl Marry in England". people.com. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
- Charlotte Higgins (March 30, 2010). "Arts Diary". The Guardian. UK. Archived from the original on 5 April 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2010.
- 2010 Festival
- BBC - Proms - 2010 Season. Accessed 14 April 2013
- BBC - Proms - Archive. Accessed 14 April 2013
- Chester Novello: a table of noises, Simon Holt. Accessed 14 April 2013
- Three Choirs Festival website
- Schott Music
- BBC 2010 Proms Composer Portraits
- BBC - The Proms - Last Night of the Proms 2010. Accessed 14 April 2013
- "Suede to Reunite for Benefit Show". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
- "Prince Charles commissions classical concert to celebrate Highgrove gardens", The Telegraph, 10 April 2010. Accessed 19 April 2014
- "2010 Ivor Novello awards: The winners". BBC News. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
- "The xx win the Mercury Prize for debut album". BBC News. 7 September 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
- "Fireflies Wins Record Of The Year". MTV. 11 December 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
- Alistair Hulett, 1951–2010: musician, activist, socialist Socialist Worker, 2 February 2010. Accessed 4 February 2010.
- "Former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable 'choked to death on his own vomit' | News". Nme.Com. 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2012-01-02.