Tim Paxton

More details about Tim can be found on his website.

Tim Paxton combines a busy career playing and teaching the cello with a variety of wider musical interests. Since 1998 he has been Music Director of the New Edinburgh Orchestra and he has also given adult learning courses on subjects as diverse as The History and Repertoire of the Cello, The Music of Samuel Barber, and The Beatles. He has a special interest in Czech music and is also very interested in developing a dialogue between amateur musicians and local composers.

As a youngster he studied cello with Ian Bewley and played in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He then went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and at Goldsmiths’ College in London, studying cello with Christopher Bunting. He later studied for two years with William Pleeth, funded by two Scottish Arts Council Music Awards. More recently he studied music psychology at Sheffield University.

He was for ten years a member of the Scottish Ensemble and has worked extensively as a freelance cellist, giving solo recitals and performing with all the major Scottish orchestras, throughout the UK, Europe and North America. He now also has teaching commitments at the Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools in Edinburgh, and at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.

His interest in conducting grew over many years of playing for the late George Hurst, and he now attends the George Hurst Conducting Course at Sherborne Summer School of Music. He also studies in Ireland with Robert Houlihan and John Longstaff.

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