Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (b.1934)
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Scotland's Finest: 15 musical heroes that put Scotland on the classical map
3. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (b.1934)
The present Master of the Queen's Music moved to the Orkney Islands, initially to Hoy in 1971 and later to Sanday. Orkney hosts the St. Magnus Festival, founded by 'Max' in 1977. He frequently uses it to premiere new works. He is also Composer Laureate of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, for whom he wrote a series of ten Strathclyde Concertos. Since his move to Orkney, Davies has often drawn on Scottish themes in his music.