Robert Saxton at 65

Two Oxford musical forces join together this Friday 2 November to celebrate the 65th birthday of Professor of Composition Robert Saxton. The Faculty’s New Music ensemble, Ensemble ISIS, together with the St Anne’s Camerata, both directed by Dr John Traill, will present Saxton’s works Resurrection of the Soldiers and Chamber Symphony: The Circles of Light. Also on the programme are works by two of Robert Saxton’s most successful recent composition students, Deborah Pritchard and Samantha Fernando.

Tickets are free and available on the door. To reserve a ticket, email

The concert takes place in the Holywell Music Room and begins at 19.30.

Robert Saxton has been a member of the Music Faculty since 1999 and Tutorial Fellow in Music at Worcester College. He has written works for the BBC (TV, Proms and Radio), LSO, LPO, ECO, London Sinfonietta, Nash Ensemble, Northern Sinfonia and David Blake (conductor), Antara, Arditti and Chilingirian String Quartets, 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, the choir of Merton College Oxford, Susan Milan, Susan Bradshaw and Richard Rodney Bennett, Simon Desbruslais, Clare Hammond, Edward Wickham and The Clerks’ Group, Teresa Cahill, Leon Fleisher, Tamsin Little, Steven Isserlis, Mstislav Rostropovich, John Wallace and the Raphael Wallfisch and John York duo.

Ensemble ISIS was Founded in 2002 by Robert Saxton and John Traill. It is the Faculty of Music’s contemporary music group dedicated to performing new works by world-class composers as well as the music of talented undergraduate and postgraduate composers in composition workshops and public performances. Ensemble ISIS has worked with composers Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Hans Abrahamsen, Martin Bresnick, Elliott Schwartz, John McCabe, Anthony Powers, Nicola LeFanu, Rhian Samuel, Martyn Harry and Robert Saxton, as well as with the London Sinfonietta and James Bowman. The ensemble has toured outside Oxford, performing in London, at the Three Choirs Festival, the University of Durham, and at Bowdoin College in the USA. Over the years, ISIS has collaborated with local performing groups and organisations such as Oxford Contemporary Music, Brookes University, the SAE Institute Oxford, and the Oxford Improvisers.