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Famous British Composers Quiz and Trivia Questions


  1. Which 17th century composer is generally considered to be one of the greatest English composers?
  2. Which composer's best-known compositions are orchestral works such as the Enigma Variations, and the Pomp and Circumstance Marches?
  3. Which composers most popular piece, The Lark Ascending, was written in 1914 but had its premiere put on hold until after World War I?
  4. English composer Gustav Holst is best known for which orchestral suite?
  5. Name the composer who was born in Bradford in the north of England in 1862?

  6. Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry is best known for which choral song?
  7. Which composer composed a new theme tune for the documentary series Whicker's World, which was used from 1978 to 1980?
  8. The patriotic song "Rule, Britannia!" was set to music in 1740 by which English composer?
  9. The War Requiem, was composed in 1962 by which composer? It was was performed for the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral.
  10. Which British patriotic hymn was created in 1921 when music by Gustav Holst was set to a poem by Sir Cecil Spring Rice?
  11. What is the name given to the ninth and best-known variation in Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations?
  12. Which German born composer settled in London in 1712, where he spent the bulk of his career and became a naturalised British subject in 1727?
  13. In 1958, a funeral service for which composer was held at Westminster Abbey, where his ashes were laid to rest?
  14. On 27 June 2009, a statue of which composer was unveiled outside the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay?


  1. Henry Purcell
  2. Edward Elgar
  3. Ralph Vaughan Williams
  4. The Planets
  5. Frederick Delius
  6. Jerusalem
  7. Andrew Lloyd Webber
  8. Thomas Arne
  9. Benjamin Britten
  10. I Vow to Thee, My Country
  11. Nimrod
  12. George Frideric Handel
  13. Ralph Vaughan Williams
  14. Ivor Novello

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