England has produced some of the world’s best music throughout history. In fact, as a country, England has spearheaded some of the world’s most significant musical movements and trends.
Vintage engraving showing a scene from 19th Century
London England. A man playing a street organ with
children dancing around him circa 1870.
Folk music was the music of the people and was, therefore, distinctive to England (i.e. different to the folk music of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales). This dynamic style evolved over the years and reflected the personal experiences of the immigrants, working classes and more esteemed classes. Folk music existed in various forms from the medieval times right through until the industrialisation of the society during the 19th and 20th centuries. The folk style usually involved a combination of song and dance. This musical form has experienced several revivals over the years. Today, there continue to be folk artists, who combine a traditional style of storytelling with more modern media (such as electronic equipment, for example).
Then, during the 1930’s, American jazz music infiltrated the English market. This forced the creation of local bands and musicians, who explored and experimented with their genres, styles and audiences. The radio belted out popular dance tunes and every occasion to celebrate was marked by the presence of vibrant music and dancing. By 1962, the English people were accustomed to using music as an expression of joviality and joy. However, The Beatles revealed an entirely new perspective on musical entertainment in this year. This 60’s band was the most popular of its time, luring young and old to their performances and hitting global charts over and over again. Their songs were catchy, displayed excellent musical abilities and sometimes broke the bounds of conservatism. Indeed, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr revolutionised English and international music forever.
Since then, many musical giants have come from this talented country. These include The Rolling Stones, Queen, Elton John, George Michael, Blur, Robbie Williams, Oasis, Radiohead, and Muse.
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