Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-), Composer and conductor
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A successful conductor and prolific composer, Maxwell Davies's output includes symphonies, concertos, opera, chamber music and scores for ballet and film. Since 1971 he has lived in the Orkney Islands, a source of inspiration for compositions including his first two symphonies and An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise (1985). Once regarded as something of an enfant terrible, his knighthood in 1987 and his 2004 appointment as Master of the Queen's Music reflects his current position as a leading cultural figure.