One of the foremost musicians and composers of his generation

The university was saddened to learn of the death of emeritus Prof Peter Aston on September 13.

Dr Sharon Choa, director of UEA music, paid the following tribute: "Prof Peter Aston was appointed professor of Music at UEA in 1974 and served the school and UEA tirelessly until the end of his life.

"Only a few weeks ago, he was still making sure that parts of a composition by him were delivered to us safely for UEA's 50th anniversary celebrations. Recognised early in his career as one of the foremost musicians and composers of his generation, he was selected by Benjamin Britten not only to head the School of Music but to direct the Aldeburgh Festival Singers, a position he held for 14 years.

"At UEA, his love of teaching earned him much affection from all students. He founded the Friends of UEA Music scheme, rounding up a host of supporters to contribute towards creating scholarships for Performance students, ensuring that such teaching could be kept at a high level despite government cuts. These scholarships are still benefitting our students.

"Besides his work for UEA, he founded the Norwich Festival of Contemporary Church Music and became a Lay Canon of Norwich Cathedral. In recent years, he formed the Morley Consort – an ensemble made up of some of the best vocalists in Norwich. Peter is committed and passionate in all his endeavours, including his love of football, chess and bridge. He will always be remembered by us as a very dear colleague and friend."

Prof Aston's funeral will take place on October 1 at Norwich Cathedral at noon. The university flag will be lowered on the same day as a mark of respect.