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 Eric Coates

Eric Coates

Birth
Hucknall, Ashfield District, Nottinghamshire, England
Death 21 Dec 1957 (aged 71)
Chichester, Chichester District, West Sussex, England
Burial Golders Green, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 6695 · View Source
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Composer. He was a notable English creator of light music. His "Dam Busters March" (1954), from the film of the same name, is probably his best-known work. He also wrote such pieces as "The Merrymakers" (1922), the "London Suite" (1933), and "By the Sleepy Lagoon" (1930). The latter became the theme music for the long-running BBC program "Desert Island Discs." Coates was born in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He was principal violist of the Queen's Hall Orchestra from 1912 to 1918. After World War I, when he had to give up performing for medical reasons, he devoted himself to composing. Coates wrote an autobiography, "Suite in Four Movements" (1953). He died of a stroke.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Added: 17 Oct 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6695
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eric Coates (27 Aug 1886–21 Dec 1957), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6695, citing Golders Green Crematorium, Golders Green, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .