Robert Saxton was born in London in 1953 and started composing at the age of six. Guidance in early years from Benjamin Britten and Elisabeth Lutyens was followed by periods of study at both Cambridge and Oxford Universities with Robin Holloway and Robert Sherlaw Johnson respectively, and also with Luciano Berio. In 1995 he co-directed the composers' course on Hoy, with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. He has directed the composers' course at Dartington International Music Festival on several occasions and was artistic director of Opera Lab. He has also been a regular member of the BBC TV 4 (digital) Proms broadcasting commentary team and was a member of the South Bank Centre board for nine years. Robert Saxton has written works for the BBC, 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.
Composition timpani and percussion requirements
Music to Celebrate the Resurrection of Christ
Timpani + 2 percussion
2 octaves crotales, tubular bells, clash cymbals, suspended cymbal, orchestral bass drum, tam tam, whip, 5 tom toms, 2 tambourines, vibraphone
The Sentinel of the Rainbow
No Timpani + 1 percussion
Snare drum, marimba, tambourine, 5 tom toms, 2 octaves crotales, 3 gongs, tam tam, clash cymbals