William (Havergal) Brian (1876–1972), was an English composer. William Brian (he adopted the name "Havergal" from a local family of hymn-writers) was born on 29th January 1876 in Dresden, a district of Stoke-on-Trent, and was one of a very small number of composers to come from the English working class.
Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse (1774-1842) was a Danish composer. Weyse was born on 5th March 1774 in Altona, Hamburg, Germany (the area was Danish at the time). He studied music with Johann Abraham Peter Schulz in Copenhagen. In 1794, he was appointed organist at the Reformed Church in the city and served in the same post at the Vor Frue Kirke after 1805.
Kenneth Leighton (b. Wakefield, October 2, 1929, d. Edinburgh, August 24, 1988) was an English composer. Leighton was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire and was a chorister at Wakefield Cathedral from 1937 to 1942.
Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006) was an English composer. Arnold was born in Northampton, and studied at the Royal College of Music. He became principal trumpet with The London Philharmonic Orchestra, but went on to concentrate solely on composition. He is known as a composer of conservative tonal works, acknowledging Hector Berlioz as an influence and being compared to Jean Sibelius.
Gilbert was British. His full name was William Schwenk Gilbert. He wrote many operettas with Arthur Sullivan. Gilbert wrote the words, Sulllivan the music. They continue to be popular even after >150 yrs of their deaths.
Rebecca Clarke (1886–1979) was an English composer and violist, best known for her chamber music featuring the viola. She is considered one of the most important British composers in the period between World War I and World War II; she has also been described as the most distinguished British female composer of her generation.