It has been a rotten year, one way or other, for the Master of the Queen’s Musick, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
But that was this year.
Next year, his 80th, looks a whole lot better with the world premiere of his 10th symphony, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. See announcement below.
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA GIVES THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
SIR PETER MAXWELL DAVIES’ 10TH SYMPHONY, AT THE
CENTRE OF A FOCUS ON NEW MUSIC
11 January – 23 February 2014
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Symphony No 10
The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, will give the world premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Symphony No 10, a work for chorus and orchestra, on Sunday 2 February. The performance forms the centrepiece of a focus on new music with the LSO in January and February. The new work, commissioned by the LSO for the composer’s 80th Birthday in 2014, is performed alongside Elgar’s In the South and Britten’s Violin Concerto, with soloist Maxim Vengerov.
Before the concert on 2 February there is an LSO Discovery Day focusing on Sir Peter Maxwell Davies from 10am–5.30pm, including access to the morning rehearsal of the new Symphony with Sir Antonio Pappano, a talk on the composer from a guest speaker and chamber music performed by LSO players.
In addition Maxwell Davies’ Fanfare: Her Majesty’s Welcome is performed by the LSO and LSO On Track on Thursday 30 January, also conducted by Pappano. The work was commissioned by the LSO for the Queen’s Medal for Music concert in December 2012, which was attended by HM The Queen. Completing the programme are Brahms’ Violin Concerto with soloist Janine Jansen and Walton’s Symphony No 1.