David Blake was a founder member of the department, joining initially as Granada Arts Fellow in 1963. He was made Professor in 1976 and was briefly Head of Department from 1980-1983. He is a composer whose work has been performed and broadcast internationally. His huge output, which includes operas and orchestral works, is published by Chester Novello and by UYMP. He retired in 2001, but remains on the board of UYMP.