Professor Robert Saxton MA, BMus, DMus, FGSM
Robert Saxton is a composer whose work ranges from chamber and choral music to opera. He has written works for the LSO, ECO, Opera North, BBC (proms, TV and radio), London Sinfonietta, Nash Ensemble, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Leeds and City of London festivals, Christ Church Cathedral Oxford, Teresa Cahill, Steven Isserlis, Mstisloav Rostropovich, Raphael Waalfisch and the Chilingirian and Arditti String Quartets. His Quartet No. 3 was commissioned by the Southbank Centre, London and premiered by the Arditti Quartet. His radio opera, The Wandering Jew, was recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Performance on 3 by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers and released on NMC in 2011. A major study of his 1991 opera ‘Caritas’ by Wyndham Thomas was published by Ashgate Press in 2012. Recent commissions include ‘Time and the Seasons’, a song cycle for Roderick Williams and Andrew West at the Oxford Lieder Festival 2013; ‘Shakespeare Scenes’, a Trumpet Concerto for Simon Desbruslais and the Orchestra of the Swan, released on Signum in 2014; ‘Hortus Musicae’, a piano cycle for Clare Hammond at the City of London Festival; and new works for the City of Cambridge Brass Band, Merton College, Oxford, and the Presteigne Festival. He was a Frontline Composer for the Park Lane Group Young Artists New Year Series 2015 and will be composer-in-residence at the Presteigne Festival in 2016.
Research interests include large-scale harmonic/structural issues in music from the late-18th to the late-20th centuries, and the relationship between tradition and contemporary compositional thought and practice.