Timothy  Baxter

Timothy Baxter

(1935-)

Timothy Baxter’s childhood was a life in music with musical parents. He began the piano and cello whilst in school. His formative years were very much centered around the church, first as a choirboy and later as an organist, and so naturally his compositional work started early. The motet, O Most Merciful, was written when he was fifteen years old and heralded a promising career as a composer.

He began his musical studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London specialising in both piano and composition. His initial composition teacher, the South African Priaulx Rainier, was a pivotal and encouraging figure who had the young student enter the Academy’s yearly composition competition, which he won. This early success led to Baxter directing his attention primarily to composition, and so further competition success followed.

Amongst his later teachers in composition were Anthony Milner and Alan Bush, and his attendance at the Dartington Summer School of Music led to contact with a diverse and influential range of composition teachers such as Stefan Wolpe, the Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, and the American composers Elliott Carter and Aaron Copland.

He has also studied conducting with Peter Gellhorn (BBC and Glyndebourne). And, furthermore, he has a B.Mus. degree from the University of London.

Baxter was also a freelance performer for a number of years, for example with the London Philharmonic Choir, Ballet Rambert, the London Ballet Company, and the Martha Graham Dancers. He has also been vice music director at The Old Vic Theatre and cantor and organist at St. Philip the Apostle, Finchley. As a freelance pianist he worked together with the cellist Jaqueline du Pré.

He was Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 1965-1990 and is Fellow of The Royal Academy of Music (FRAM). In addition, he was an international examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music from 1966-2005.

Since 1990, he has lived in Denmark and is a member of the Dansk Komponist Forening and has been in the Vesterbro Komponistforening (Komvest) since 2009.

Baxter has continued to write works for the church, including choral pieces, cantatas, organ works and liturgical arrangements. Furthermore, he has written much chamber music, ballet music, and educational music.

His musical ‘The Birth of Jesus’ has been produced three times at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and has also been recorded.

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  1. Cantata Respice in me

    1959 • Timothy Baxter

    2-6 Instruments

  2. Serenade for Viola and Orchestra

    2018 • Timothy Baxter

    Orchestra

  3. Song of Songs

    1979 • Timothy Baxter

    Choir

  4. Three Pieces for Strings

    2019 • Timothy Baxter

    2-6 Instruments

  5. Pastorale for Flute and Guitar

    2017 • Timothy Baxter

    2-6 Instruments

  6. Fanfare for Five

    2017 • Timothy Baxter

    2-6 Instruments

  7. Three Pieces for Cello and Strings

    2018 • Timothy Baxter

    2-6 Instruments

  8. Vuggevise

    2015 • Timothy Baxter

    2-6 Instruments

  9. Alla Cubana for two accordions

    2014 • Timothy Baxter

    2-6 Instruments

  10. The First Nowell

    2011 • Timothy Baxter

    Choir

  11. Adagio for Sax (version for piano)

    2009 • Timothy Baxter

    2-6 Instruments

  12. Alla Cubana

    2014 • Timothy Baxter

    2-6 Instruments

  13. Dona nobis pacem

    2014 • Timothy Baxter

    Choir

  14. Oboe in the Shade

    1975 • Timothy Baxter

    2-6 Instruments

  15. Oboe Triptych

    2013 • Timothy Baxter

    2-6 Instruments

  16. In The Shade

    1975 • Timothy Baxter

    2-6 Instruments

  17. String Quintet

    2012 • Timothy Baxter

    2-6 Instruments

  18. Adagio for Sax (version for guitar)

    2009 • Timothy Baxter

    2-6 Instruments

  19. Organ Pastorale

    2009 • Timothy Baxter

    Solo

  20. O Most Merciful/ O nådigste Gud

    1950 • Timothy Baxter

    Choir

  21. Triptych

    2008 • Timothy Baxter

    2-6 Instruments

  22. Music for a Festive Occasion

    2006 • Timothy Baxter

    2-6 Instruments

  23. String Quartet

    1965 • Timothy Baxter

    2-6 Instruments

  24. Sweet Day

    2010 • Timothy Baxter

    2-6 Instruments

  25. Six bagatelles

    2005 • Timothy Baxter

    2-6 Instruments

  26. King of Glorie

    1968 • Timothy Baxter

    Choir

  27. King of Glorie

    1968 • Timothy Baxter

    Solo




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    Timothy Baxter premiere with 11-year old soloist

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    Timothy Baxter Portrait Concert

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    New Timothy Baxter Christmas album out now

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    Portrait Concert of Timothy Baxter

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