The Purcell School is pleased to announce that Robert Saxton will become Composer-in-Association at the school from September 2013.  Professor Saxton will visit the school each year to work with our young composers and advise on their development.

Robert Saxton is currently Professor of Composition, University of Oxford, and Tutorial Fellow in Music, Worcester College, Oxford.  He is one of the UK’s most prolific composers, having composed works for many leading ensembles and soloists. His works have been performed at the BBC Proms and at many UK Music Festivals, and his works have been recorded on the Sony Classical, Hyperion, Metier, EMI , NMC and Divine Art labels.

The Purcell School Composition department is one of the most successful in the UK, with several students each year winning scholarships to study composition at leading conservatoires. Other recent successes include commissions for students to write for the Royal Opera House and the Commonwealth Day Service in Westminster Abbey.

Headmaster David Thomas said, ‘We are delighted that Robert Saxton will be joining our Composition department, as he brings a wealth of experience of both composing and the teaching of composition, and we look forward to welcoming him to the school.’