1923 in British music
|1920s in music in the UK|
This is a summary of 1923 in music in the United Kingdom.
- 12 June – William Walton's Façade, a collaboration with Edith Sitwell, is given its first public performance at the Aeolian Hall, London. The critics' reception is unfavourable.
- 4 July – Ralph Vaughan Williams's English Folk Song Suite is premièred at Kneller Hall, conducted by Hector Adkins.
- September–October – Philip Heseltine (Peter Warlock) and E.J. Moeran tour East Anglia in search of original folk music.
- 11 November – The première of John Foulds's A World Requiem is held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with soloists including Herbert Heyner. It is repeated on that date each year until 1926.
- 23 December – The Beggar's Opera by John Gay and Dr Pepusch, with score restored by Frederic Austin, ends its record run of 1,463 performances at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith; Austin himself plays Peachum, with Frederick Ranalow as Macheath and Sylvia Nelis as Polly.
- date unknown
- The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society is founded by Jean Milligan and Ysobel Stewart.
- The moving coil microphone is developed by Captain H. J. Round and is adopted by the BBC's London studios.
- Edward Elgar moves to the village of Kempsey, Worcestershire, where he would live until 1927.
- Arthur Bliss's father retires to California. Arthur goes with them to work as a conductor, lecturer, pianist and occasional critic.
- Eugene Aynsley Goossens becomes conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in the United States.
- Henry Tippett agrees to support his son Michael Tippett's studies at the Royal College of Music, where Michael is accepted despite lacking the entry qualifications.
Classical music: new works
- Kenneth J. Alford – Cavalry of the Clouds
- Granville Bantock – Suite from Cathay (words by Ezra Pound)
- Arthur Bliss – String Quartet
- Gerald Finzi – A Severn Rhapsody
- Constant Lambert – 2 Songs (words by Sacheverell Sitwell), for soprano, flute and harp
- Roger Quilter – "The Fuschia Tree", Op. 25 No. 2
- Cyril Scott – The Incompetent Apothecary (ballet)
- Ralph Vaughan Williams – Sea Songs
- William Walton – Toccata for Violin and Piano
- London Calling!, a revue produced by André Charlot with music and lyrics by Noël Coward, co-starring Coward and Gertrude Lawrence, opens at the Duke of York's Theatre on September 4 and runs for 367 performances.
- 21 April – Ronald Cass, film composer (died 2006)
- 15 May – John Lanchbery, composer and conductor (died 2003)
- 4 August – Arthur Butterworth, composer (died 2014)
- 19 August – Dill Jones, pianist (died 1984)
- 30 September – Donald Swann, musician (died 1994)
- 5 October – Glynis Johns, actress and singer
- 10 November – Anne Shelton, singer (died 1994)
- 10 July – Albert Chevalier, actor, singer, songwriter and music hall performer, 62
- 27 August – Letty Lind, singer and burlesque performer, 61
- 12 October – John Cadvan Davies, poet and hymn-writer, 77
- Kennedy, Michael. "Walton, Sir William Turner (1902–1983)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edition, May 2008, retrieved 27 September 2010 (subscription required)
- "Futuristic Music and Poetry", The Manchester Guardian, 13 June 1923, p. 3
- Timothy Reynish, notes for British Wind Band Classics, Chandos Records 9697, 1999 – PDF Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
- Cover of programme reproduced in Chandos CD booklet.
- Knight, Peter, ed. (1996). Scottish Country Dancing. Collins. ISBN 0-00-472500-X.
- Hennessy, Brian 2005 The Emergence of Broadcasting in Britain. Devon Southerleigh
- Reed, W.H. (1946). Elgar. London: Dent. p. 134. OCLC 8858707.
- Obituary, The Times, 29 March 1975, p. 14
- Lewis, Geraint. "Tippett, Sir Michael Kemp". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online edition. Retrieved 22 August 2013. (subscription required)
- "Finzi, Gerald: A Severn Rhapsody op. 3 (1923)". Boosey & Hawkes. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
- Smythe, David K.,The Fuschia Tree, The Lied, Art Song, and Choral Texts Archive, Access date: 6 June 2012
- Head, Raymond (July 1999). "The Hymn of Jesus: Holst's Gnostic Exploration of Time and Space". Tempo (New Series). Musical Times Publications Ltd. 209 (1576): 7–13. JSTOR 957953.
- Morley, Sheridan. Coward, p. 27, Haus, 2005 ISBN 1-904341-88-8