Archie Bevan MBE 1925-2015
The Festival was saddened by news of the death on 23 February 2015 of one of its founders, former Chairman and Honorary Vice-President Archie Bevan. Archie was instrumental in the first meeting between Peter Maxwell Davies and George Mackay Brown which was to provide a source for so much work at the early Festivals. He was also a steady hand through the growth of the Festival in becoming an internationally-known event. He was awarded an MBE for services to the Festival in 2000. Despite failing health, he continued to be a stalwart supporter of Festival events. Our thoughts are with Elizabeth, Peter, Graham and Anne, the rest of his family and friends.