Rodney Stephen Newton ( Birmingham , July 31, 1945 ) is a British composer , music educator , conductor , drummer and music publisher.
Newton studied composition , orchestra management , music theory and percussion at the Birmingham School of Music , now: Royal Conservatory of Music Birmingham , Birmingham . After achieving his diplomas, he became a drummer at several leading orchestras (BBC TRG Orchestra 1967-1970; English National Opera Orchestra 1974-1985; London Symphony Orchestra). His studies completed at the University of Salford, and he graduated from Ph.D. (Philosophian Doctor) .
Newton was responsible for sales at United Music Publishers from 1979 to 1982. From 1988 to 2010 he was a music consultant at the London Film School .
Newton was a teacher of film music composition at London College of Music in London (1997-2000) and also for composition and orchestration from 1995 to 1997. At the Royal Academy of Music in London, he studied film music composition from 1995 to 1998. A At certain times he was also conductor of various film and television orchestras.
From the early 1990s he became involved in the world of British brass bands and harmonic orchestras (Wind Bands). From 1997 to 2004 he was an arranger and co-ordinator for light or amusement music at the Williams Fairey Engeneering Brass Band. In 2004 and 2005 he was a home composer there and adviser to the Cory Brass Band. Since 2007, he also performs this feature at the "Regimental Band or HM Coldstream Guards".
He worked as a publisher at the British magazine British Bandsman from 2001 to 2010 and was publisher at the music publishing house "Prima Vista Music" from 2006.
As a composer he is also successful and wrote up to now (2011) 14 symphonies, 5 string quartets, a flute and orchestra concert, a concert for euphonium and orchestra and a tuba concert, numerous works for brass band and concert orchestra, vocal music, chamber music and film music . Some of his works were recorded on CD by soloists such as David Childs (euphonium), James Gourley (tuba) and Brett Baker. Newton is a member of the British Academy of Composers, Songwriters and Authors and the Knights of St Columba .