1921 in British music
|1920s in music in the UK|
This is a summary of 1921 in music in the United Kingdom.
- January – Sir Charles Villiers Stanford gives a public lecture entitled "Some Recent Tendencies in Composition", criticising current musical trends.
- 5 March – Sir Charles Villiers Stanford makes his last public appearance when he conducts his latest work, the cantata At the Abbey Gate. The Observer thought it "quite appealing even though one feels it to be more facile than powerful."
- June – Adrian Boult conducts an experimental Opera Intime week at the Aeolian Hall in London.
- date unknown – A new production of The Tempest at the Aldwych Theatre, directed by Viola Tree, adds new incidental music by Arthur Bliss to that by Thomas Arne and Arthur Sullivan.
- "And Her Mother Came Too" w. Dion Titheradge, m. Ivor Novello
- "Dancing Time" w. George Grossmith, Jr., m. Jerome Kern
- "Shimmy With Me" w. P. G. Wodehouse, m. Jerome Kern from the musical The Cabaret Girl
Classical music: new works
- Kenneth J. Alford – The Mad Major
- Arnold Bax – Mater ora Filium
- Eric Coates – Moresque
- John Foulds – A World Requiem (1919–21; premiered 1923)
- Albert Ketèlbey
- John Ireland – Two Pieces for Piano
- Cyril Rootham – Suite in three movements for flute and piano
- 17 January – The League of Notions London revue opens at the Oxford Theatre.
- 5 October – The Golden Moth (Music: Ivor Novello) opens at the Adelphi Theatre, starring Bobbie Comber and Thorpe Bates.
- Porte, J. F. Sir Edward Elgar. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Turner & Co. Ltd.
- 5 February – Sir John Pritchard, conductor (died 1989)
- 2 March – Robert Simpson, musicologist and composer (died 1997)
- 21 March – Antony Hopkins, composer and music writer (died 2014)
- 8 April – Alfie Bass, actor (Tevye in West End production of Fiddler on the Roof) (died 1987)
- 23 May – Humphrey Lyttelton, English jazz musician (died 2008)
- 12 July – Hilary Corke, writer and composer (died 2001)
- 8 September – Sir Harry Secombe, singer and comedian (died 2001)
- 21 September – Jimmy Young, singer and radio broadcaster (died 2016)
- 2 October – Robert Bruce Montgomery, composer (died 1978)
- 21 October – Sir Malcolm Arnold, composer (died 2006)
- 8 February – George Formby Sr, singer and comedian, 45 (tuberculosis)
- 25 February – John Thomas of Llanwrtyd, composer, 81
- 14 March – Gustave Barnes, violinist, painter and sculptor, 43
- Stanford, Charles Villiers. "On Some Recent Tendencies in Composition", Proceedings of the Musical Association, 47th Sess. (1920–1921), pp. 39–53 (subscription required)
- "At the Abbey Gate", The Times, 7 March 1921, p. 8
- Anderson, W R. "Yesterday's Music", The Observer, 6 March 1921, p. 15
- Boult, Adrian (1973). My Own Trumpet. London: Hamish Hamilton. ISBN 0-241-02445-5.
- Evans, Edwin. "Arthur Bliss". The Musical Times, February 1923, pp. 95–99, accessed 21 March 2011 (subscription required)
- BBC Press Release
- "Mrs George Formby's Own Story". The Sunday Post. Dundee. 13 February 1921. p. 16.
- Robert David Griffith (1959). "Thomas, John". Dictionary of Welsh Biography. National Library of Wales. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
- Nancy Benko, 'Barnes, Gustave Adrian (1877–1921)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 7, MUP, 1979, pp 179–180.