Born in Stockport in 1961, David Sawer studied music at the University of York and subsequently won a DAAD scholarship to study in Cologne with Mauricio Kagel.
In 1992 he was awarded the Fulbright-Chester-Schirmer Fellowship in Composition. A Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award followed in 1993 and, in 1995, the Arts Foundation’s Composer Fellowship. In 1996 he was composer-in-association with the Bournemouth Orchestras; in 2006 he was awarded a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship.
He won the inaugral British Composer Award in the Orchestra category for his work Piano Concerto. He is a teacher of composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Flesh and Blood is a vocal composition for mezzo-soprano, baritone and orchestra. It was commissioned by the BBC for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and had its world premiere on the 15 February 2013 at the Barbican, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Llan Volkov.