The Faculty of Music is celebrating the sixtieth birthday of composer Professor Robert Saxton on Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 November with a series of talks and concerts.
On Monday Saxton himself is in conversation (17.00-17.45) about his compositional work, followed by a special concert of his music and that of his students (20.00) given by Ensemble Isis, under the direction of Dr John Traill. On Tuesday, pianist Claire Hammond presents the Oxford premiere of Saxton’s Hortus Musicae in the Holywell Music Room (12.30). Further details here. The weekly graduate research colloquium is also devoted to a discussion of Saxton’s music (17.15).
Born in London in 1953, Robert Saxton is one of the leading British composers of his generation. He won the Gaudeamus International Composers Award at the age of 21. He has written in a wide range of genres, including two operas, most recently his radio opera The Wandering Jew (2010). The sketch material for his first opera, Caritas, has recently been acquired by the British Library. He has written works for, among other groups, the LSO, the LPO, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Arditti Quartet. Recordings have appeared on the Sony Classical, Hyperion, Metier, EMI, NMC and Divine Art labels. His music is published by Chester/Music Sales, UYMP and Ricordi.
Robert Saxton is Professor of Composition at the University of Oxford, and Fellow of Worcester College.