Roxburgh was born in Liverpool.
After his studies he became principal oboist of the Sadler's Wells Opera and taught composition and conducting at the Royal College of Music, where he founded the RCM's Twentieth Century Ensemble.
In 2004, Roxburgh became the acting Head of Composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire and from 2005 has acted as visiting tutor in composition and conducting, as well as workshop leader.
In 2007 his 70th birthday was celebrated in a series of concert performances showcasing a selection of his works.
In 2008 he received the Royal Philharmonic Society Elgar Bursary.
He is also Associate Composer of the London Festival Orchestra.
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