Raymond Dodd studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London, then at Oxford University with Edmund Rubbra and later privately with Matyas Seiber. He was, successively, lecturer, senior lecturer and Head of Department at the University of Aberdeen from 1956 – 1991. His compositions include orchestral, chamber and vocal music. More recent works include Gratiae for strings, Concerto for Bassoon and Chamber Orchestra (1995), Variations for string orchestra (1996) and Dialogue for cello and string orchestra (1997).