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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.

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Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, by Lewis Morley - NPG P512(7)

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

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

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, by Clive Barda - NPG x45152

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

by Clive Barda
bromide fibre print, August 1974
NPG x45152

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, by Neil Drabble - NPG x47284

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

by Neil Drabble
bromide print, 5 April 1990
NPG x47284

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, by George Newson - NPG x35730

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

by George Newson
bromide print, 20 April 1990
NPG x35730

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, by Nick White - NPG x87135

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

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


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