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This is a summary of 1956 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year.




Classical music: new worksEdit


  • Malcolm ArnoldThe Open Window, Op. 56 (opera in one act, libretto by S. Gilliat, after Saki)
  • Alan BushMen of Blackmoor, with libretto by Nancy Bush, premiered at the German National Theatre, Weimar[4]

Film and Incidental musicEdit

Musical theatreEdit

Musical filmsEdit




Ivor Novello AwardsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Kendall, Alan. The Chronicle of Classical Music. Thames & Hudson, 2000: p. 240
  2. ^ Bliss, Arthur, "A musical embassy to the USSR – Russia through English eyes", The Times, 1 June 1956, p. 11
  3. ^ Music Web International. Accessed 15 April 2013
  4. ^ Ford (8 June 1974). "Burning Bush: Christopher Ford meets Alan Bush, neglected British master of grand opera". The Guardian. (subscription required)
  5. ^ "The Guide to Musical Theatre". The Guide to Musical Theatre. 1956-11-27. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  6. ^ "Amanda Aldridge, Teacher and Composer: A Life in Music" by Joyce Andrews, in Journal of Singing, 1 January 2010, ISSN 1086-7732. Accessed 5 October 2010
  7. ^ Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Menna, Baines; Lynch, Peredur I., eds. (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. p. 651. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6.
  8. ^ "The Seiber Centenary: 2005 and Beyond" Archived 2012-02-06 at the Wayback Machine, Suppressed Music, 9 August 2005.