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Eric Coates, British composer. Member British Light Music Association (president).


Coates, Eric was born on August 27, 1886 in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, England. Son of William Harrison and Mary Jane Gwynne (Blower) Coates.


Student Royal Academy of Music, London (scholarship), 1906, fellowship, 1922.


1 son, Austin. Toured South Africa with Hambourg String Quartet, 1908. Conducted broadcasts of compositions for British Broadcasting Corporation, since 1922, Stockholm, 1936, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Hilversum, 1938, Copenhagen, New York (Columbia Broadcasting System), 1946. Appeared as composer-conductor at many English Festivals.

Republican British music at Interim Congress at International Confederation of Composers and Authors, Washington, 1946. Director Performing Right Society, Ltd., London, and member Executive Committee Composers’ Guild. Works for orchestra include: Miniature Suite, 1911, Countryside Suite, 1914, Summer Days Suite, 1919, Joyous Youth Suite and Merrymakers Overture, 1922, Phantasy, The Selfish Giant, 1925, Phantasy, The Three Bears, 1926, Four Ways Suite, 1927, Phantasy, Cinderella, 1929, From Meadow to Mayfair Suite, 1931, Concert Valse, Dancing Nights, 1931, Ballet, The Jester at the Wedding, 1932, The London Suite, 1933, The Three Men Suite, 1935, Song of Loyalty (for the late King George V’s Jubilee), 1935, London Again Suite, 1936, Saxo Rhapsody for alto saxophone and orchestra, 1936, Springtime Suite, 1937, Ballet, The Enchanted Garden, 1938, Four Centuries Suite.

1942, The Three Elizabeths Suite (dedicated by permission to Her Majesty the Queen), 1944. Impression of a Princess. Several orchestral marches and many songs.


Member British Light Music Association (president).


Married Phyllis Marguerite Black, February 3, 1913.

William Harrison Coates

Mary Jane Gwynne (Blower) Coates

Phyllis Marguerite Black