1956 in British music

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This is a summary of 1956 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year.



Classical music: new works[edit]

  • Arthur Bliss –
    • Edinburgh Overture, for orchestra
    • Seek the Lord (anthem), SATB choir and organ
  • Reginald Smith Brindle – El Polifemo de Oro
  • Benjamin Britten –
  • Peter Maxwell DaviesSonata for Clarinet and Piano
  • Stephen Dodgson - Concerto No. 1 for Guitar and Orchestra[3]
  • Cecil Armstrong Gibbs – Threnody
  • Gordon Jacob
    • Concerto No. 2 for Oboe and Orchestra
    • Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet
    • Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano
    • Variations on "Annie Laurie", for two piccolos, two contrabass clarinets, heckelphone, two contrabassoons, serpent, contrabass serpent, subcontrabass tuba, harmonium, and hurdy-gurdy
  • Michael Tippett –
    • Bonny at Morn (arr. of Northumbrian folksong), unison choir and three recorders
    • Songs from the British Isles (4), SATB choir
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams –
    • A Choral Flourish (text from the Psalms), for SATB choir, two trumpets, and organ
    • God Bless the Master of This House, for SATB choir
    • Preludes on Welsh Folksongs (2), for organ
    • Symphony No. 8
    • A Vision of Aeroplanes (text: N. Ezekiel), motet for SATB choir and organ
  • William Walton – Cello Concerto


  • Malcolm ArnoldThe Open Window, Op. 56 (opera in one act, libretto by S. Gilliat, after Saki)
  • Alan BushMen of Blackmoor, with libretto by Nancy Bush, premiered at the German National Theatre, Weimar[4]

Film and Incidental music[edit]

Musical theatre[edit]

Musical films[edit]




Ivor Novello Awards[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kendall, Alan. The Chronicle of Classical Music. Thames & Hudson, 2000: p. 240
  2. ^ Bliss, Arthur, "A musical embassy to the USSR – Russia through English eyes", The Times, 1 June 1956, p. 11
  3. ^ Music Web International. Accessed 15 April 2013
  4. ^ Ford (8 June 1974). "Burning Bush: Christopher Ford meets Alan Bush, neglected British master of grand opera". The Guardian.  (subscription required)
  5. ^ "The Guide to Musical Theatre". The Guide to Musical Theatre. 1956-11-27. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  6. ^ "Amanda Aldridge, Teacher and Composer: A Life in Music" by Joyce Andrews, in Journal of Singing, 1 January 2010, ISSN 1086-7732. Accessed 5 October 2010
  7. ^ Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Menna, Baines; Lynch, Peredur I., eds. (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. p. 651. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6. 
  8. ^ "The Seiber Centenary: 2005 and Beyond", Suppressed Music, 9 August 2005.