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Eric Coates (27 August 1886 – 21 December 1957) was an English composer of light music and a viola player.

English Heritage Eric Francis Harrison Coates was born in Hucknall in Nottinghamshire to William Harrison Coates (d. 1935), a surgeon, and his wife, Mary Jane Gwynne, hailing from Usk in Monmouthshire. After studying at home with a governess, Eric enrolled (1906) at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he received viola lessons from Lionel Tertis and studied composition with Frederick Corder. From 1910 he played in the Queen's Hall Orchestra under Henry J. Wood. Wikipedia Eric Coates, the composer of familiar music ("Sleepy Lagoon", "Knightsbridge"). His music was featured regularly over the BBC and sold hundreds of thousands of records. Died from stroke, 21 December 1957, Chichester, West Sussex, England, UK. Warner Chappell

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