2013 in British music
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This is a summary of the year 2013 in British music.
- 1 Events
- 2 Publications
- 3 Television series
- 4 Charts
- 5 Artists/groups reformed
- 6 Groups disbanded
- 7 Platinum records
- 8 Classical music
- 9 Film scores and incidental music
- 10 Musical theatre
- 11 Musical films
- 12 British music awards
- 13 Deaths
- 14 See also
- 15 References
- 1 March - Karl Jenkins signs to Deutsche Grammophon and announces a new album, to be called Adiemus Colores.
- 3 March - Aled Jones returns to Classic FM as a regular presenter.
- 8 March - David Bowie releases his first studio album in over ten years, The Next Day, which peaks at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart
- 9 March – George Benjamin conducts the UK première of his opera Written on Skin at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
- 29 March - Bryan Ferry is listed as one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by The Guardian.
- 10 April - Kate Bush receives the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) from Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.
- 18 May – Bonnie Tyler represents the United Kingdom in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, singing "Believe in Me", amassing a total of 28 points to finish in 19th place.
- 16–23 June – BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 30th anniversary competition takes place in St David's Hall, Cardiff.
- 7 September
- Marin Alsop becomes the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms. Nigel Kennedy performs Ralph Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, and Joyce DiDonato is the soloist for the traditional performance of "Rule, Britannia!".
- Sophie Ellis-Bextor is among the 15 celebrities competing in the opening round of the 11th series of Strictly Come Dancing.
- 14 October - Paul McCartney releases New, his first album of totally new material since 2007's Memory Almost Full; it enters the UK Albums Chart at number 3 on 20 October 2013.
- 24 November - Robbie Williams' album Swings Both Ways becomes the 1000th album to reach number 1 on the UK Albums Chart.
- 14-15 December - The X Factor series final is won by Sam Bailey.
- 18 December - Former Lostprophets lead singer Ian Watkins is sentenced to 29 years in prison with a further six on licence after pleading guilty to thirteen child sexual offences.
- 30 December - Musicians included in the New Year Honours list for 2014 include conductor Sir Simon Rattle (OM), singer Katherine Jenkins, pianist Stephen Hough (CBE) and DJ Pete Tong (MBE).
- 26 January – Howard Goodall's Story of Music, a six-part series made for BBC Two, begins its run.
- 20 July – David Starkey's Music and Monarchy begins its run on BBC Two.
- 12 September – Sound of Cinema: the Music that Made the Movies, introduced by Neil Brand, begins its run on BBC Four.
- 13 November - The Sound of Musicals begins its run on Channel 4.
- 14 November - Requiem: documentary on the history of the requiem on BBC Four, featuring Elin Manahan Thomas, Tenebrae, Bryn Terfel and Jane Glover.
For a record to be certified platinum, it must sell a minimum of 600,000 copies. However, not every song that sells 600,000 copies is given platinum certification and so this is not a complete list of songs that have sold 600,000 copies in 2012. Also note that a song certified platinum could have sold its 600,000th copy long before it is given certification.
|Artist||Song||Date released||Date certified
|Adele||"Set Fire to the Rain"||4 July 2011||25 January 2013|
|Adele||"Skyfall"||29 October 2012||25 January 2013|
|James Arthur||"Impossible"||9 December 2012||15 February 2013|
|One Direction||"What Makes You Beautiful"||11 September 2011||15 February 2013|
|Rihanna||"Diamonds"||30 September 2012||15 February 2013|
|Robbie Williams||"Candy"||8 October 2012||22 July 2013|
- Richard Baker - The Tyranny of Fun
- Harrison Birtwistle - Construction with Guitar Player
- Howard Goodall – More Tomorrows
- James MacMillan - Piano Concerto no 3
Film scores and incidental music
- 25 June - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical by David Greig, with music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, receives its première at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
- 23 October - From Here to Eternity the Musical by Stuart Brayson, Tim Rice and Bill Oakes, opens at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London.
- 19 December - Stephen Ward by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black officially opens at the Aldwych Theatre, London.
- Sunshine on Leith, directed by Dexter Fletcher, starring George MacKay, Kevin Guthrie, Freya Mavor and Jane Horrocks.
British music awards
The 2013 BRIT Awards were held on 20 February 2013 at The O2 Arena, London and hosted by James Corden. The 2013 award statuettes were designed by artist Damien Hirst and decorated with his familiar spot painting pattern.
- Best Male Solo Artist: Ben Howard
- British Female Solo Artist: Emeli Sandé
- British Breakthrough Act: Ben Howard
- British Group: Mumford & Sons
- Best British Single in association with Capital FM: "Skyfall" – Adele
- MasterCard British Album of the Year: Our Version of Events – Emeli Sandé
- International Male Solo Artist: Frank Ocean
- International Female Solo Artist: Lana Del Rey
- International Group: The Black Keys
- Best Live Act: Coldplay
- British Producer: Paul Epworth
- Special Recognition Award: War Child
- Critics' Choice: Tom Odell
- BRITs Global Success (for international sales in 2012): One Direction
Ivor Novello Awards
- Best Contemporary Song: "Pelican" – The Maccabees (written by Sam Doyle, Rupert Jarvis, Orlando Weeks, Felix White and Hugo White)
- PRS for Music Most Performed Work: "Next to Me" – Emeli Sandé (written by Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul and Emeli Sandé)
- Best Television Soundtrack: Lucian Freud: Painted Life (composed by John Harle)
- The Ivors Inspiration Award: Marc Almond
- Album Award: An Awesome Wave – Alt-J (written by Thomas Green, Joe Newman, Gwilym Sainsbury and Augustus Unger-Hamilton)
- The Ivors Classical Music Award: Errollyn Wallen
- PRS for Music Award for Outstanding Achievement: Justin Hayward
- Best Original Film Score: Anna Karenina (composed by Dario Marianelli)
- Best Song Musically and Lyrically: "Next to Me" – Emeli Sandé (written by Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul and Emeli Sandé)
- International Achievement: Gavin Rossdale
- Songwriter of the Year: Calvin Harris
- Outstanding Song Collection: Noel Gallagher
- PRS for Music Special International Award: Randy Newman
Classic BRIT Awards
- Outstanding Contribution to Music in association with Raymond Weil: Hans Zimmer
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Luciano Pavarotti (posthumous)
- International Artist of the Year: Lang Lang
- Female Artist of the Year: Nicola Benedetti (The Silver Violin)
- Male Artist of the Year: Daniel Barenboim (Beethoven for All, Elgar/Carter Cello Concertos)
- MasterCard's Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Amy Dickson (Dusk & Dawn)
- Composer of the Year: Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight Rises original soundtrack, Man of Steel original soundtrack)
- Critics' Award: Jonas Kaufmann (Wagner)
- Classic FM Album of the Year in association with MasterCard: Magic of the Movies – André Rieu
- Best New Act presented by Mahiki: Jake Bugg
- Best Track: "Do I Wanna Know?" – Arctic Monkeys
- Poet Laureate: John Cooper Clarke
- Spirit of Independence: Belle and Sebastian
- Best Event: Glastonbury Festival
- Best Video powered by Alcatel: "Show Me the Wonder" – Manic Street Preachers
- Classic Album: Bummed – Happy Mondays
- Q Idol: Robbie Williams
- Best Live Act: Foals
- Best Album presented by Bose: Opposites – Biffy Clyro
- Q Icon: Suede
- Best Solo presented by Citroën: Ellie Goulding
- Best Act in the World Today presented by Planet Rock: Vampire Weekend
- Classic Songwriter: Chrissie Hynde
- Outstanding Contribution to Music: Pet Shop Boys
Popjustice £20 Music Prize
British Composer Awards
The 11th British Composer Awards were held on 3 December 2013 at Goldsmiths' Hall, London.
- Instrumental Solo or Duo: Gigue Machine – Harrison Birtwistle
- Chamber: String Quartet No. 4 – Colin Matthews
- Vocal: Electra Mourns – Brian Elias
- Choral: Since It Was the Day of Preparation... – James MacMillan
- Wind Band or Brass Band: Mysteries of the Horizon – Nigel Clarke
- Orchestral: Rivers to the Sea – Joseph Phibbs
- Stage Works: Written on Skin – George Benjamin
- Liturgical: I Saw the Lord – Matthew Martin
- Sonic Art: No Such Object (Speed of Light) – Ed Baxter and Chris Weaver
- Contemporary Jazz Composition: Lifelines – John Surman
- Community or Educational Project: Pass the Torch, An Olympic Symphony – James Redwood
- Making Music Award: Dry Stone Walls of Yorkshire – Peter McGarr
- International Award: Woven Dreams – Toshio Hosokawa
- 9 January – Jim Godbolt, jazz writer (aged 90)
- 10 January – Trevor Gordon, singer and songwriter (The Marbles) (aged 64)
- 16 January – Nic Potter, bassist (Van der Graaf Generator) (aged 61)
- 17 January – Lizbeth Webb, soprano and actress (aged 86)
- 4 February – Reg Presley, singer, songwriter, musician (The Troggs) (aged 71)
- 11 February – Rick Huxley, bassist (The Dave Clark Five) (aged 72)
- 16 February – Tony Sheridan, singer-songwriter and guitarist (aged 72)
- 18 February – Kevin Ayers, singer-songwriter and guitarist (Soft Machine and The Wilde Flowers) (aged 68)
- 6 March – Alvin Lee, singer and guitarist (Ten Years After) (aged 68)
- 7 March
- 8 March – Ricardo da Force, vocalist, rapper (The KLF, N-Trance) (aged 45)
- 12 March – Clive Burr, drummer (Iron Maiden) (aged 56)
- 15 March – Terry Lightfoot, jazz musician and bandleader (aged 77)
- 10 April – Thomas Hemsley, opera singer, 85
- 13 April – Stephen Dodgson, composer, 89
- 14 April – Sir Colin Davis, conductor, 85
- 6 May – Steve Martland, composer, 53
- 8 May – Ken Whaley, Austrian-English bass player (Help Yourself, Ducks Deluxe, and Man) (b. 1946)
- 21 May – Trevor Bolder, English bass player, songwriter, and producer (Uriah Heep, The Spiders from Mars, and Cybernauts), 62 (cancer)
- 2 June – Nick Keir, singer-songwriter (The McCalmans), 60
- 16 June – Richard Marlow, organist and choral director, 74
- 23 June – Darryl Read, English singer-songwriter, drummer (with Crushed Butler) and actor, 61 (motorcycle accident)
- 4 July – Bernie Nolan, singer and member of The Nolans, 52
- 17 July – Peter Appleyard, English-Canadian vibraphone player and composer, 84
- 1 August – John Amis, British broadcaster, classical music critic and opera singer, 91
- 13 August – Jon Brookes, drummer (The Charlatans) (aged 44)
- 12 September – Joan Regan, pop singer, 85
- 13 September – Peter Aston, English composer, 74
- 15 September – Jackie Lomax, guitarist and singer-songwriter, 69
- 18 September – Lindsay Cooper, rock and jazz musician (Henry Cow, Comus, Feminist Improvising Group), 62
- 8 August – Philip Chevron, Irish singer-songwriter (The Pogues) (aged 56)
- 19 October – Noel Harrison, actor, singer and Olympic skier, son of Rex Harrison, 79
- 30 October – Pete Haycock, 62, musician (Climax Blues Band) and film score composer
- 3 November - Bernard Roberts, pianist, 80
- 11 November – Billy Adamson, drummer (The Searchers)
- 12 November – Sir John Tavener, English composer of religious music, 69
- 14 November - Georgina Anderson, singer, 15 (liver cancer)
- 22 November - Brian Dawson, folk singer and song collector, 74
- 25 November - Bob Day, pop singer (The Allisons), 72.
- 26 November - Stan Stennett, Welsh comic entertainer, actor and jazz musician, 88
- 1 December - Richard Coughlan, English drummer (Caravan), 66 (pneumonia)
- 6 December - Stan Tracey, jazz pianist, 86
- 8 December - Edward Williams, English composer (Life on Earth), 92
- "Karl Jenkins reveals new Adiemus album", Classic-FM 1 March 2013. Accessed 3 March 2013
- "Written on Skin at Covent Garden", The Times, 10 March 2013. Accessed 14 April 2013
- Cartner-Morley, Jess; Mirren, Helen; Huffington, Arianna; Amos, Valerie (28 March 2013). "The 50 best-dressed over 50s". The Guardian. London.
- McAlpine, Fraser. "Kate Bush Takes Her CBE From The Queen". BBC America. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
- Details of the competitors.
- BBC Proms: Last Night of the Proms. Accessed 22 September 2013
- "New Year Honours for culture stars are 'proper tidy'", The Telegraph, 31 December 2013. Accessed 31 December 2013
- Jackson, Francis (2013). Music For a Long While. York: York Publishing Services. ISBN 978-0-9576722-0-8.
- Howard Goodall's Story of Music. Accessed 9 February 2013
- David Starkey’s Music and Monarchy, BBC Two, review. Accessed 22 September 2013
- Sound of Cinema: The Music that Made the Movies. Accessed 22 September
- 4 Press, "The Sound of Musicals". Accessed 19 February 2014
- BBC Four - Requiem. Accessed 13 December 2013
- Julia White (12 February 2013). "Girlband Parade split up after Bianca leaves the group". Yahoo! Celebrity. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- Richards, Chris (4 October 2013). "X Factor finalists District 3 split". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
- Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Accessed 20 June 2014
- Classic FM, "Howard Goodall on premieres and performance nerves", 25 April 2013. Accessed 19 June 2013
- Boosey & Hawkes, Accessed 20 June 2014
- "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical to open next year". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- "Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black's Stephen Ward premieres at Aldwych in December". whatsonstage.com. Whats On Stage. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- "Brit Awards: Emeli Sande leads nominations". BBC News. 10 January 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
- "Brit Awards 2013: The winners". BBC News. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
- Masters, Tim (16 May 2013). "Emeli Sande enjoys double win at Ivor Novello awards". BBC News. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
- Brown, Mark (16 May 2013). "Emeli Sande biggest winner at 58th Ivor Novello awards". The Guardian. London, England: Guardian Media Group.
- Jones, Rhian (3 October 2013). "Classic BRIT Awards 2013 - all the winners". Music Week. London, England: Intent Media. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
- Savage, Mark (21 October 2013). "David Bowie misses out on Q Awards". BBC News. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
- Jones, Rhian (22 October 2013). "Q Awards 2013 - all the winners". Music Week. London, England: Intent Media. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
- Savage, Mark (31 October 2013). "Mercury Prize: James Blake wins with Overgrown". BBC News. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
- LondonJazz: RIP Jim Godbolt (1922–2013)
- Death of bassist Nic Potter
- "Reg Presley of the Troggs dies aged 71". BBC News. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- "Dave Clark Five 'devastated' at death of bassist Rick Huxley". www.independent.co.uk. London. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- "Jazz musician Terry Lightfoot dies". Itv.com. Retrieved 2013-03-17.
- Thomas Hemsley
- Stephen Dodgson obituary
- Sir Colin Davis obituary
- Clive Paget "Steve Martland has died", Limelight magazine, 7 May 2013
- Paul Cockerton (22 May 2013). "Trevor Bolder dead aged 62: David Bowie leads tributes to Spiders From Mars bassist – Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- Richard Marlow, a force behind Portland's William Byrd Festival, dies
- "Pattaya Musician Darryl Read killed in road accident". 23 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- John Amis obituary
- Peter Aston
- Noel Harrison obituary
- Bernard Roberts - Obituary
- "Sir John Tavener: Composer dies at 69". BBC News. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- Georgina Anderson: Teenage musician who died of cancer hits iTunes charts and receives Simon Cowell backing
- Brian Dawson
- Bob Allison | The Allisons Star Dies At 72
- BBC News, "Entertainer Stan Stennett dies aged 88"
- Richard Coughlan drums
- Stan Tracey, godfather of British jazz, dies aged 86
- EDWARD WILLIAMS 1921 - 2013