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  1. August 8, 2014

    Judith Weir: The Vanishing Bridegroom – review

    Judith Weir’s appointment as Master of the Queen’s Music in succession to Peter Maxwell Davies is welcome news: a composer...

  2. March 19, 2014

    Organ launch concert, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

    The poem set to music by Peter Maxwell Davies in his new piece celebrating the restored Royal Festival Hall organ poses...

  1. February 7, 2014

    LSO/Pappano, Barbican, London – review

    A year ago Sir Peter Maxwell Davies thought he was on his deathbed: diagnosed with leukaemia, he had been admitted to...

  2. January 6, 2014

    All the Best: Peter Maxwell Davies

    The appointment of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies as a Companion of Honour in the New Year Honours list was good news for...

  3. December 6, 2012

    Queen’s Medal for Music, Barbican, London

    It is an unfamiliar sight to see Maxim Vengerov alongside a London orchestra as a violinist. In 2005 he took a sabbatical...

  4. November 13, 2012

    Hebrides Ensemble, Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow

    Hot on the heels of English Touring Opera’s revival of The Lighthouse comes another Peter Maxwell Davies exhumation – Eight...

  5. March 23, 2012

    Peter Maxwell Davies: Symphony No 1, Mavis in Las Vegas

    Having invested heavily in Max’s 12 Naxos quartets and been rewarded with a new market for his music, the budget label has...

  6. March 16, 2012

    Nash Inventions, Wigmore Hall, London

    The firebrands have become the establishment. Wasn’t it always so? There was a time when Harrison Birtwistle, Alexander...

  7. July 30, 2011

    Peter Maxwell Davies: Linguae Ignis, Vesalii Icones

    Much of Max’s best music is for mixed ensemble, represented here by Vesalii Icones, one of his most theatrical scores from...

  8. March 20, 2011

    Kommilitonen! Royal Academy of Music, London

    It is fortuitous that Peter Maxwell Davies took his time over his new opera. The idea – a work for students based on...

  9. March 11, 2011

    Cry of freedom

    Once upon a time Sir Peter Maxwell Davies vowed he would never write another opera, because he was sick of the way opera...

  10. January 25, 2010

    Circus Maximus

    Given the choice, many in the audience at Kings Place, the arts complex just by King's Cross, would probably have preferred...

  11. January 24, 2010

    Circus Maximus, Kings Place, London

    Given the choice, many in the audience at Kings Place, the arts complex just by King’s Cross, would probably have preferred...

  12. November 21, 2009

    Peter Maxwell Davies: Taverner

    Peter Maxwell Davies Taverner NMC (2 CDs) Max’s only grand opera, premiered at Covent Garden in 1972, tells of Tudor...

  13. October 13, 2009

    Naxos Quartets

    No living composer has done more for the string quartet than Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. The achievement may seem passé to...

  14. October 12, 2009

    Naxos Quartets, Purcell Room, London

    No living composer has done more for the string quartet than Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. The achievement may seem passé to...

  15. October 2, 2009

    ‘You get used to nature’s rhythms’

    ‘My music studio is 16 by 4 metres, with a wood-panelled interior. It is rather like being in a ship’ Sir Peter Maxwell...

  16. September 11, 2009

    Two Maxwell Davies Proms

    For much of his life Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has been regarded as an avant-gardist. His new Violin Concerto, which...

  17. September 10, 2009

    Two Maxwell Davies Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

    For much of his life Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has been regarded as an avant-gardist. His new Violin Concerto, which...

  18. July 13, 2009

    Buxton delivers sparkle on a budget

    A century ago, Lancashire cotton mill owners flocked to Buxton for its restorative powers. With its high altitude, handsome...

  19. July 12, 2009

    Sparkle on a budget

    A century ago, Lancashire cotton mill owners flocked to Buxton for its restorative powers. With its high altitude, handsome...

  20. August 30, 2008

    Classical Andrew Clark

    Maxwell Davies Naxos Quartets 9 & 10 Maggini Quartet Naxos Peter Maxwell Davies's Naxos quartets surely rank as the...

  21. June 28, 2008

    A sense of place

    When the saintly Magnus, earl of Orkney, is murdered by his political rival in Peter Maxwell Davies's The Martyrdom of St...

  22. June 24, 2008

    Islands that breed worlds of wisdom

    Indian music goes against the prevailing image of a festival founded on the thorny modernist aesthetic of Peter Maxwell...

  23. June 23, 2008

    Islands that breed worlds of wisdom

    St Magnus FestivalOrkney, Scotland Indian music goes against the prevailing image of a festival founded on the thorny...

  24. June 7, 2008

    A monumental midsummer

    Take the ferry from Stromness, Orkney's main port, to the island of Hoy. Between the contours dominating the sea and land,...

  25. March 8, 2008

    CLASSICAL - ANDREW CLARK

    Tolomeo Alan Curtis DG Archiv (3 CDs) Many of Handel's works for the stage have had a chequered history, but few more so...

  26. October 17, 2007

    Maxwell Davies’ 10th Naxos Quartet, Wigmore Hall, London

    With the premiere on Tuesday of his 10th and final Naxos String Quartet, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies came to the end of what...

  27. October 13, 2007

    LIVE MUSIC

    KT Tunstall October 15, Birmingham Academy, then touring Testing times for KT Tunstall, the Fife girl who sold 1m records...

  28. August 11, 2007

    Birtwistle's `Panic', Last Night of the Proms, September 16 1995

    It was the Last Night of the Proms in its centenary season, 1995. Millions of viewers had tuned into BBC1, eager for the...

  29. June 16, 2007

    Critics choice

    St Magnus June 22-27, Kirkwall and Stromness, Orkney St Magnus is one of the jewels of the festival landscape - a...

  30. April 14, 2007

    CDs & DVDs

    Mi Sueno Ibrahim Ferrer World Circuit Ibrahim Ferrer, latterly of Buena Vista Social Club fame, died in 2005. His last...

  31. April 11, 2007

    Observer: Selling the classics

    Sir Peter Maxwell Davies - one of the UK's greatest living composers - yesterday launched a vitriolic attack on his...

  32. April 11, 2007

    Art for gawd's sake

    What is happening to culcha in this country? Sir Peter Maxwell Davies - one of the UK's greatest living composers -...

  33. April 10, 2007

    Seconds away – round one begins

    The start of an election campaign always brings out brave hopes, only to be crushed later. On Tuesday we had Plaid Cymru...

  34. January 13, 2007

    Music

    Britten Sinfonia - ON TOUR This enterprising chamber orchestra begins the year with two typically imaginative programmes....

  35. October 20, 2006

    Maxwell Davies/Maggini Quartet, Wigmore Hall, London

    Since 2002 the composer Peter Maxwell Davies, known as "Max", has been writing 10 string quartets for the Maggini Quartet....

  36. October 14, 2006

    Music

    Maxwell Davies - NEW ONE NIGHT ONLY Until Sir Peter Maxwell Davies delivered the first of 10 Naxos quartets three years...

  37. July 20, 2006

    BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall

    If the Queen had known in advance, she probably would not have picked the hottest July day on record to visit the BBC Proms....

  38. July 19, 2006

    CRITICS' CHOICE

    Today you can choose musical nostalgia, patriotism or both, but don't confuse Happy Birthday, Sweet 16 with A Little...

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