Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
8 September 1934 - 14 March 2016
St Magnus International Festival is deeply saddened to learn of the death of its founder as the Festival approaches its 40th year. Max’s vision, determination and influence brought to life something which is now a precious part of the Scottish, UK and International arts scene and whose reputation owes much to his work as a composer, educator and performer. From the earliest days organising things from a phone box on Hoy to his more recent role as the Festival’s Honorary President, Max has won the hearts of the Orkney community and been a significant part of many generations of musicians from the islands.
The Festival’s Artistic Director, Alasdair Nicolson, said, “I’m very sad to hear of the loss of a dear friend and esteemed colleague. Max was a huge influence on so many composers of my generation and led the way not only as a brilliant composer but also as an educator, a producer and performer. I am lucky to currently look after the Festival he started 40 years ago which is a testament to his qualities as a musician but also his true sense of a musician being part of the community in which he lives. The musical world will miss his endless enthusiasm, his encouragement of the young and his complete integrity to his art.”