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Tuesday, 30 June 2009, 12:00AM

Musical Morals and Moral Music: The artist and the environment

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

What can we expect from our artists, and what should we demand of them? The independence of artists from society has become an effectively archaic notion, but what stance can an artist hope to take up on issues such as the environment where there are so many better-informed voices already clamouring to be heard? Why should we care what an artist says, and why should the artists bother? Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen's Music, is perfectly situated to consider these questions and pays particular attention to the environmental issues which lie close to his own heart.

This is a part of the series of events which were be held in collaboration with the 2009 City of London Festival.

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Master of the Queen's Music (2004-2014), Sir Peter is one of the foremost composers of our time. In a worklist that spans more than five decades, he has written across a broad range of styles, yet his music always communicates directly and powerfully, whether in his profoundly argued symphonic works, his music-theatre or witty light orchestral works. He lives in the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland, where he writes most of his music.

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30 June 2009

Musical Morals and Moral Music: The artist and the environment
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

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