2012 in British music
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This is a summary of 2012 in music in the United Kingdom. In 2012, dance music continued to dominate the charts.
- 1 Events
- 2 UK Charts
- 3 Artists/groups reformed
- 4 Classical music
- 5 British music awards
- 6 Deaths
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 1 January - Musicians honoured in the Queen's New Year Honours list include conductor Antonio Pappano (knighthood), record producer Steve Lillywhite (CBE), composer and conductor Rev Ronald Corp (OBE) and Ralph Allwood (MBE), former director of music at Eton College.
- 4 June - A Diamond Jubilee Concert is held outside Buckingham Palace on The Mall, London, organised by BBC Events as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Performers include Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Grace Jones, Alfie Boe, Sir Cliff Richard, Sir Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and Stevie Wonder.
- 16 June - Musicians honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours list include Gary Barlow (OBE), violinist Tasmin Little (OBE) and Gareth Malone (OBE).
- 27 July - On the opening day of the 2012 Summer Olympics, at 8.15, Martin Creed's controversial work "All The Bells", is performed by the bells of London.
- 12 August - The 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony, also known by the title "A Symphony of British music", takes place at London's Olympic Stadium. Performers include Take That, One Direction, The Spice Girls, Madness, George Michael, Julian Lloyd Webber, Pet Shop Boys, Ray Davies, Annie Lennox, Kaiser Chiefs and Emeli Sandé.
- Peter Maxwell Davies - Symphony No. 9
- Howard Goodall - Every Purpose Under the Heaven (The King James Bible Oratorio)
- Karl Jenkins - The Peacemakers
- Philip Ledger - This Holy Child (cantata)
- Philip Moore - "I will lift up mine eyes"
- George Benjamin - Written on Skin
- Stephen Crowe - The Francis Bacon Opera
- Neil Hannon - Sevastopol,
British music awards
- British Male Solo Artist: Ed Sheeran
- British Female Solo Artist: Adele
- British Breakthrough Act: Ed Sheeran
- British Group: Coldplay
- British Single: "What Makes You Beautiful" – One Direction
- MasterCard British Album: 21 – Adele
- International Male Solo Artist: Bruno Mars
- International Female Solo Artist: Rihanna
- International Group: Foo Fighters
- International Breakthrough Act: Lana Del Rey
- British Producer: Ethan Johns
- Critics' Choice: Emeli Sandé
- Outstanding Contribution to Music: Blur
Ivor Novello Awards
- Best Contemporary Song: "Video Games" – Lana Del Rey (written by Lana Del Rey and Justin Parker)
- PRS for Music Most Performed Work: "Rolling in the Deep" – Adele (written by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth)
- Best Television Soundtrack: The Shadow Line (composed by Martin Phipps)
- The Ivors Jazz Award: Stan Tracey
- Album Award: Let England Shake – PJ Harvey (written by PJ Harvey)
- Outstanding Song Collection: Gary Kemp
- The Ivors Inspiration Award: Siouxsie Sioux
- Best Original Film Score: The First Grader (composed by Alex Heffes)
- PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams (Take That)
- Best Song Musically and Lyrically: "The A Team" – Ed Sheeran (written by Ed Sheeran)
- Lifetime Achievement: Mark Knopfler
- Songwriter of the Year: Adele Adkins
- PRS for Music Special International Award: Jimmy Webb
- BASCA Fellowship: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Classical BRIT Awards
- Female Artist: Nicola Benedetti (Italia)
- MasterCard Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award: Miloš Karadaglić (Latino)
- Composer: John Williams (War Horse, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn)
- International Artist of the Year in association with Raymond Weil: Andrea Bocelli
- Critics' Award: Benjamin Grosvenor (Chopin/Liszt/Ravel)
- Male Artist: Vasily Petrenko (Shostakovich/Symphony No. 1 & 3, Shostakovich/Symphony No. 6 & 12, Shostakovich/Symphony No. 2 & 15, Rachmaninov/Piano Concertos 1 & 4, Rachmaninov/Symphony No. 3)
- Classic BRITs Single of the Year in association with iTunes: "Wherever You Are" – Military Wives with Gareth Malone
- Lifetime Achievement Award: John Williams
- Classic FM Album of the Year in association with MasterCard: And The Waltz Goes On – André Rieu
Popjustice £20 Music Prize
British Composer Awards
- Instrumental Solo or Duo: Learning Self-Modulation – Christian Mason
- Chamber: The Four Quarters – Thomas Adès
- Vocal: No Man's Land – Colin Matthews
- Choral: Airplane Cantata – Gabriel Jackson
- Wind Band or Brass Band: A Symphony of Colours – Simon Dobson
- Orchestral: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra – Harrison Birtwistle
- Stage Works: DESH – Jocelyn Pook
- Liturgical: Missa Brevis – Francis Grier
- Sonic Art: The Ethometric Museum – Ray Lee
- Contemporary Jazz Composition: Sailing to Byzantium – Christine Tobin
- Community or Educational Project: The Chimpanzees of Happytown – Paul Rissmann
- Making Music Award: Mesmerism for Piano and Chamber Orchestra – Emily Howard
- International Award: Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra – Thomas Larcher
The Record of the Year
- 3 January - Bob Weston, Fleetwood Mac guitarist (aged 64)
- 4 January - Kerry McGregor, The X Factor third series contestant (aged 37; bladder cancer)
- 11 January - David Whitaker, English composer and conductor (aged 81)
- 27 January - Ted Dicks, composer (aged 83)
- 6 February - Jim King, (Family) (aged 69)
- 9 February - Joe Moretti, Scottish-South African guitarist and songwriter (Nero and the Gladiators) (aged 73)
- 15 February - Clive Shakespeare, English-Australian guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Sherbet) (aged 62)
- 21 February - John Charles Winter, organist (aged 88)
- 29 February - Davy Jones, singer, percussionist of The Monkees (aged 66)
- 1 March - Peter Graeme, oboist (aged 90)
- 20 April - Bert Weedon, guitarist (aged 91)
- 11 May - Roland Shaw, composer, arranger, and bandleader (aged 91)
- 14 May - Derek Hammond-Stroud, operatic baritone (aged 86)
- 20 May - Robin Gibb, singer, songwriter The Bee Gees (aged 62)
- 3 June - Andy Hamilton, Jamaican-born jazz saxophonist and composer (aged 94)
- 17 June - Brian Hibbard, singer and actor (The Flying Pickets) (aged 65)
- 10 July - Lol Coxhill, saxophonist (aged 79)
- 16 July - Jon Lord, musician (Deep Purple, Whitesnake) and classical composer (aged 71)
- 23 July - Graham Jackson, conductor (aged 45)
- 17 August - Lou Martin, keyboard player (aged 63)
- 31 August - Max Bygraves, singer and variety performer (aged 89)
- 2 September - John C. Marshall, jazz musician (aged 71)
- 4 September - Ian Parrott, composer and academic, 96
- 15 September - George Hurst, British conductor, 86
- 2 October - Big Jim Sullivan, guitarist (aged 71)
- 12 October - Geraldine Mucha, composer, 95
- 18 November - Sir Philip Ledger, composer and academic, 74
- 26 October - Jo Dunne, guitarist (We've Got A Fuzzbox and We're Gonna Use It) (aged 43)
- 6 November - Clive Dunn, British actor/singer (aged 92)
- 18 November - Stan Greig, pianist, drummer, and bandleader (aged 82)
- 20 November - Michael Dunford (Renaissance)
- 24 November - Ian Campbell, folk musician (aged 79)
- 4 December - Jonathan Harvey, composer (aged 73)
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- "Telegraph, Take That's Gary Barlow promises night to remember at Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert". Telegraph.co.uk. 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-04-08.
- "2012 Olympics closing ceremony: 'A symphony of British music'". The Voice of Russia. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
- "Neil Hannon's Sevastopol - OperaShots 2012". ROH.org.uk. 10 April 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
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- Griffith, Sarah Jane (2 November 2012). "Mercury Prize: Alt-J album An Awesome Wave wins award". BBC News. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
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- Czech News Agency (16 October 2012). "Geraldine Mucha dies at 95".
- "Sir Philip Ledger". The Telegraph. 2011-10-21. Retrieved 2012-11-19.