1930 in British music
|1930s in music in the UK|
This is a summary of 1930 in music in the United Kingdom.
- 8 February – Singer Sam Browne makes his first recording with Bert Ambrose's band on Decca.
- 5 April – 25-year-old Michael Tippett gives a concert at Oxted consisting entirely of his own works—a Concerto in D for flutes, oboe, horns and strings; settings for tenor of poems by Fry; Psalm in C for chorus and orchestra, again with a text by Fry; piano variations on the song "Jockey to the Fair"; and a string quartet.
- 7 June - The Daily Herald reports that Jack Hylton and his band sold nearly four million records in the previous year.
- 29 September – Roy Fox gives his first London performance.
- 22 October – The London-based BBC Symphony Orchestra gives its first concert in Queen's Hall, conducted by Adrian Boult.
- date unknown
- The Joe Loss Orchestra is established.
- Gerald Walcan Bright adopts the name "Geraldo" to further his career as a bandleader.
- Songwriter Fred Godfrey and Irish tenor Tom Finglass form a short-lived variety act.
- The Dagenham Girl Pipers are established, under the direction of Rev. Joseph Waddington Graves, the minister of Osborne Hall Congregational church.
- "By the Sleepy Lagoon", by Eric Coates
- "It isnae me", w. Sally Holmes, m. Edward Elgar
- "Someday I'll Find You", by Noël Coward
- "The White Dove" w. Clifford Grey m. Franz Lehár
Classical music: new works
- Kenneth J. Alford – The Standard of St. George
- William Alwyn – Piano Concerto No. 1
- Arnold Bax – Winter Legends
- Arthur Bliss – Morning Heroes (oratorio)
- Edward Elgar – Pomp and Circumstance March No. 5 in C
- Gustav Holst – A Choral Fantasia
- John Ireland
- Legend for piano and orchestra
- Piano Concerto in E flat
- Peter Warlock – Carillon Carilla
Film and Incidental music
- 25 June – The Love Race opens at the Gaiety Theatre where it runs for 237 performances.
- 30 October – Nippy (music by Billy Mayerl; book and lyrics by Arthur Wimperis and Frank Eyton), starring Binnie Hale, opens at the Prince Edward Theatre and runs for 137 performances.
- Elstree Calling, starring Teddy Brown
- Harmony Heaven, starring Polly Ward
- Just for a Song, starring Lillian Hall-Davis, Roy Royston and Constance Carpenter.
- The Nipper, starring Betty Balfour
- 17 February – Frank Wappat, singer and radio host (died 2014)
- 5 March – Isla Cameron, actress and folk singer (died 1980)
- 10 March – Jimmie Macgregor, folk singer
- 17 April – Chris Barber, jazz trombonist
- 8 May – Heather Harper, operatic soprano
- 30 May – Gordon Langford, composer and arranger (died 2017)
- 1 June – Edward Woodward, actor and singer (died 2009)
- 20 July – Sally Ann Howes, actress and singer
- 1 August – Lionel Bart, composer and lyricist (died 1999)
- 13 August – Bernard Manning, comedian and singer (died 2007)
- 12 October – Cyril Tawney, singer-songwriter (died 2005)
- 1 November – John Scott, conductor and composer
- 2 November – Peter Hope, composer and arranger, also known as William Gardner
- 1 December – Matt Monro, singer (died 1985)
- 17 February – Louise Kirkby Lunn, operatic contralto, 56
- 22 June – Mary Davies, singer, 75
- 13 November – Thomas Bulch, British-born Australian composer, 67
- 17 December – Peter Warlock, composer, 36
- Sam Browne Discography, by Barry Wolsey (2nd ed. 2004)
- *Bowen, Meirion (1983). Michael Tippett. London: Robson Books. ISBN 1-86105-099-2., pp. 19–20
- Deborah Mawer, "'Parisomania'? Jack Hylton and the French Connection," Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Vol. 133 No. 2 (2008): 271.
- *Kennedy, Michael (1989). Adrian Boult. London: Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 0-333-48752-4., pp. 144-45
- "Gerald Walcan Bright". Oxford DNB.
- Olechnowicz, Andrzej (1997). 'Working-class Housing in England Between the Wars: The Becontree Estate. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 121. ISBN 0-19-820650-X.
- Short, Michael (1990). Gustav Holst: The Man and his Music. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-314154-X.
- "Birds of Prey". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on August 20, 2014. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
- ReadingProgrammes 1927–1933
- Stock Photography image of Nippy , Music sheet cover for the 1930 music stock photo
- BFI Database entry
- "Gordon Langford (11 May 1930 – 18 April 2017) - Rhinegold". Retrieved 26 June 2018.
- "Brian Kay's Light Programme". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 27 September 2014.