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Musical Connections

Music in England is so varied and famous the world over. The inspirational landscapes and seascapes in the South East have driven many to write, and the area can boast many esteemed musicians such as Isaac Watts, Petula Clark, Radiohead, Craig David, Joss Stone, Peter Gabriel and Fatboy Slim aka Norman Cook.

With such a fine reputation in the world of music, the South East plays host to a programme of live music events that rate up there alongside the most prominent in England.

Famous Musicians

There must be something in the airwaves in the South East because it’s home ground to many fine English musicians. Southampton, Hampshire is home to some very different, but excellent, English musicians. Visit the city and you will be reminded of composer Isaac Watts as his best known hymn, Oh God Our Help in Ages Past rings out from the Civic Centre Clock. Watts was born in Southampton in 1674, and you can see a statue of him in Watts Park. Born in 1981, R&B singer songwriter Craig David is also from Southampton, as is Will Champion, drummer from Coldplay, born in 1978.

More English musicians from Hampshire are Andy Burrows, drummer from Razorlight who was born in Winchester in 1979. Portsmouth, Hants, is the home town of English musicians Roland Orzabal from Tears for Fears and Roger Hodgson from Supertramp. Petula Clark, born in Epsom, Surrey in 1932, is known for hits Downtown and Don’t Sleep in the Subway; she was also popular in Europe and the United States. Another of our English musicians popular in the United States is R&B singer songwriter Joss Stone, born in Dover in 1978.

Peter Gabriel is one of the best-known English musicians. Born in Woking, Surrey in 1950, he was lead singer in Genesis before going solo. Singer-songwriter Paul Weller is also from Woking, and performed with The Jam before starting a successful solo career. Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, is another of the area’s famous musicians.  Born in Kent in 1963, he went to college in Brighton, East Sussex where he sometimes puts on his Beach Party concerts.

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