Press Release

25 November 2014

The School of Music and Performing Arts is preparing to celebrate the 80th birthday of the Master of the Queen's Music, Composer and Visiting Professor of Christ Church, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

The world-renowned composer, best known for his British post-war music, has been associated with the University for over 10 years as an Honorary Fellow and Visiting Professor, as well as delivering workshops and lectures to students and the community over the years.

The University will spend Friday 28 November celebrating his achievements and the relationship he has with the University, with a day of talks, public workshops and concerts.

Celebrations start at 11am with a two hour public lecture, Maxwell Davis and the post-war development of British music, by Paul Griffiths OBE, British music critic. The lecture is followed, at 2pm, by a public workshop with the Maggini Quartet, British string quartet, who, aside from their music, is renowned for their educational work.

The public lecture will take place in the St Gregory’s Centre for Music and the public workshop will be held in the Maxwell Davies Building on the North Holmes campus, dedicated to Sir Peter Davies in 2012 as part of the University's Golden Jubilee celebrations.

In the evening, a pre-concert round table discussion will take place with Paul Griffiths, Professor Emeritus Grenville Hancox, Dr Nicholas McKay, Head of Music Performing Arts, and Martin Outram of the Maggini Quartet. It will be held in St Gregory’s Centre for Music at 6.30pm.

Finishing off the day is a concert by the Maggini Quartet, 7.30pm, also held in the St Gregory’s Centre for Music.

All of the day’s events are open to the public. The public lecture and workshop are free and the pre-concert discussion with a concert ticket is £12 adult, £5 concessions and free for music and performing arts students studying at the University.

To book tickets for any part of the day, visit the University’s online shop To watch an interview with Sir Davies, click here:

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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