A tribute to Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
We have learnt the very sad news that Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has died at the age of 81. Our thoughts go out to Sir Peter’s family and friends.
Sir Peter is universally acknowledged as one of the foremost composers of our time and was appointed Master of the Queen’s Music in 2004. To us, he was a great friend, regularly visiting Christ Church Music and Performing Arts students in his role as Visiting Professor and, latterly, Honorary Fellow.
We have been privileged to enjoy such a long and fruitful relationship with Sir Peter over many years. His legacy will endure, not only in the public recognition of a building named in acknowledgement of Sir Peter’s contribution to the University, but also in the many staff and students whose lives and understanding of music have been so enriched by his teaching, inspiration and the extraordinary enthusiasm with which he shared his considerable talents and experience.
We had the good fortune of being able to help celebrate his 80th birthday in such wonderful fashion with Sir Peter presiding with such energy and enthusiasm over a day of events on our campus marking his life, music and ongoing collaboration with the University.
We will miss him greatly.