Robert Saxton Recordings

Born in London in 1953, Robert Saxton began composing aged 6 having started the recorder at school, followed by both violin and piano. After advice and encouragement from Benjamin Britten over a period of 6 years, he studied, from the age of 16, with Elisabeth Lutyens, then with Robin Holloway during his final undergraduate year at Cambridge and subsequently with Robert Sherlaw Johnson during a postgraduate (B Mus) year at Oxford , also having lessons with Luciano Berio. He was awarded 1st Prize for Composition at the 1975 Gaudeamus Music Week in Holland and was the 1985-86 holder of the Fulbright Arts Award to the USA , where he was a visiting Fellow (at the invitation of Milton Babbitt) at Princeton University, and teaching assistant to Oliver Knussen at the Tanglewood Summer School (1986). He received a D Mus from Oxford in 1992.

Having been a lecturer at Bristol University, Robert Saxton was Head of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama throughout most of the 1990s, followed by a year as Head of Composition and Contemporary Music at the RAM, and since 1999 he has been a University Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow in Music at Worcester College, Oxford, where he is currently Chairman of the Faculty. In the 1980s, he led several outreach education projects for the London Sinfonietta, Leeds Festival and Glyndebourne, both in the UK and abroad.

He has written works, amongst others, for the BBC (TV, Proms and Radio), LSO, LPO, ECO, London Sinfonietta, Nash Ensemble, Chilingirian String Quartet, St Paul Chamber Orchestra (USA), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival/Opera North, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, City of London, Three Choirs and Lichfield Festivals, Stephen Darlington and the choir of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford, Susan Milan, Susan Bradshaw and Richard Rodney Bennett, Edward Wickham and The Clerks’ Group, Teresa Cahill, Leon Fleisher, Steven Isserlis, Mstislav Rostropovich, John Wallace and Raphael Wallfisch and John York.

His music from 1972 until 1998 was published by Chester/Music Sales and since then, by the University of York Music Press , of which he is a director. Recordings have appeared on the Sony Classical, Hyperion, Metier, EMI and NMC labels.

Robert Saxton is currently working on a radio opera/dramatic myth, ‘The Wandering Jew’, commissioned by BBC Radio 3, a work for the Arditti String Quartet commissioned by the South Bank Centre, London and then third piece in a trilogy commissioned by the Friends of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford for Stephen Darlington and the cathedral choir.

He is married to the soprano, Teresa Cahill. Robert’s website is at