Max - A Celebration

Max - A Celebration
Martin U. K. Lengemann
Max - A Celebration, the official memorial for Sir Peter Maxwell Davies is to take place at St John’s Smith Square on 27 June, including a Maxwell Davies world premiere.

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).

Max - A Celebration
Event details

Monday 27 June 2016, 11.30am
St John’s Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HA

Centre for Young Musicians Chamber Choir
Lynda Richardson conductor
Behn Quartet
Charlie Dale-Harris clarinet
Antonio Pappano piano
Maxwell Davies String Quartet Movement 2016 (world premiere); Seven Brightnesses; Lullabye for Lucy; The Golden Solstice (London premiere); Farewell to Stromness


FREE, please call St John’s Smith Square Box Office to book: 020 7222 1061.
Tickets can be collected from St John’s Smith Square Box Office in person once reserved, or from 10am on 27 June; please note tickets will not be delivered by post. Please note seating is unallocated.

If you would like to preview and/or review this event, please contact to request a press ticket from our reserved allocation.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies was managed by Intermusica, and his works published by Boosey & Hawkes, Chester Music and Schott Music.

Boosey & Hawkes
Chester Music
Schott Music Ltd
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies website

Press enquiries

For further information about this event or to arrange interviews, please contact Intermusica Head of Communications & Marketing Fabienne Morris: / 020 7608 9908.

Ticket-specific queries should be directed to St John’s Smith Square Box Office: 020 7222 1061.

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