Sir Peter Maxwell Davies(1934-2016), 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. In 1971 he moved to 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, 2004 appointment as Master of the Queen's Music and appointment as a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour in 2014 reflect his position as a leading cultural figure.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
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William Eggleston was closely associated with the alternative music scene in Memphis. Revisit our 2016 exhibition and listen to a special playlist.
Links to audio and transcripts of interviews with artists, sitters and historic recordings.