I adore the British light classics from the golden age of radio. Eric Coates wrote some of the finest marches ever, Knightbridge is a particular favourite. Ketelbey is also a favourite of mine, everyone has heard "In a Persian Market" but I bet very few people could name it (Wilson, Kepple and Betty did the sand dance to this tune). He also wrote the sublime "Bells Across the Meadows" and "In a Monastery Garden".
I also love early music, especially the works of William Byrd (Kyrie, Agnus Dei), Guillaume Dufay (O Sancte Sebastiane) and Josquin Desprez (Mille Regretz).
And of course, Wood's "Barwick Green" is the unofficial national anthem of England...
Dryadia2 wrote:While it may not be considered 'Classical' music (because he's still alive), my favorite 'contemporary' composer is Ennio Morricone
Being alive is fine. Several of the composers I've mentioned on other threads are still alive. I guess it counts if it is written in the tradition of classical music, using classical music instruments and conventions.