Biography

Compositional studies at the Royal Academy of Music RAM. London, with the South African composer Priaulx Rainier and later with Alan Bush and with Anthony Milner at Morley College. Also with Elliott Carter, Stefan Wolpe, Witold Lutoslawski and Aaron Copland at Dartington Summer School of Music. Studied direction with Peter Gellhorn. Freelance musician for a number of years, e.g. with The London Philharmonic Choir, Ballet Rambert, London Ballet Company, Martha Graham Dancers. Also worked with Jaqueline du Pré as a pianist. Assistant director at the Old Vic Theatre, cantor and organist at St. Philip the Apostle, Finchley, and music director at Arnold House School, S. Johns Wood. Professor of Composition at RAM 1965 -1990. Head of degree courses (masters) with The University of London. Examiner for The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music 1966-2004. Since 1990, living in Denmark working as a composer. There is a growing interest in his music, and it is played in many countries both his educational pieces, choir works and chamber music. Member of Dansk Komponistforening. Chairman of Komvest (Vesterbro Komponistforening) since 2011. Articles: He has written a number of articles about the South African composer Priaulx Rainier. His writings have been quoted a number of times, amongst others in the book “Come and Listen to the Stars Singing, Priaulx Rainier: A Pictoral Biography by June Opie”.

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Timothy Baxter