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Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-), Composer and conductor

Sitter in 6 portraits
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.

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Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

by Lewis Morley
bromide print, 1960s
NPG P512(7)


Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

by Clive Barda
bromide fibre print, August 1974
NPG x45152


Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

by Neil Drabble
bromide print, 5 April 1990
NPG x47284


Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

by George Newson
bromide print, 20 April 1990
NPG x35730


Sir Peter Maxwell Davies; Sir Harrison Birtwistle

by David Hockney
pen and ink on paper, 1970
NPG 6515


Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

by Nick White
selenium-toned bromide fibre print, 1993
NPG x87135