On Monday 27 June at St John’s Smith Square, a major memorial will be held for Sir Peter Maxwell Davies who died on 14 March 2016.

The free morning event, Max: A Celebration, will comprise a mixture of musical performances and spoken tributes and present an opportunity for everyone, from friends and colleagues to the general public, to pay their respects to the late composer.

The programme will include Maxwell Davies’ Seven Brightnesses, Lullabye for Lucy and Farewell to Stromness as well as a previously unheard work String Quartet Movement 2016 and The Golden Solstice which received its world premiere last month as part of the Battle of Jutland celebrations. Performers include Centre for Young Musicians Chamber Choir conducted by Lynda Richardson, the Behn Quartet and clarinettist Charlie Dale-Harris.

Speakers will include Royal Opera House Music Director Antonio Pappano (who will also perform Farewell to Stromness), composers Robert Saxton, Sally Beamish, Alexander Goehr, actor Andrew Branch and architect Giuseppe Rebecchini.

Other forthcoming events in memory of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies include ‘Remembering Max’, featuring the composer’s works for the schools and choirs of Orkney (18 September, St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall); and English Chamber Orchestra’s ‘A Concert for Max’, presented by BBC Radio 3’s Tom Service (4 November, Kings Place).


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