German and British navies unite in Max posthumous premiere

German and British navies unite in Max posthumous premiere


norman lebrecht

May 25, 2016

A new work by the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies will be performed next week to commemorate the fallen on both sides in the naval battles of the First World War.

The Golden Solstice will be heard in a commemorative service at St Magnus Cathedral in Orkney attended by the German president Joachim Gauck, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and descendants of those who served at the Battle of Jutland.

Performers include the Kirkwall City Pipe Band, the Band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth and the Marinemusikkorps Kiel.

maxwell davies caricature


  • CRStager says:

    In this image, Max looks a lot like Beavis….

  • someone says:

    Maybe, a nice gesture, but I wonder if it could happen, if Germany was still denying their crimes and didn’t teach the truth and constantly insulted the victims.

  • someone says:

    Look at this, what happened today in another part of the world.

    When German navy is invited to take part in this kind of ceremony, what has Japanese navy done in Korea?

    You don’t even need translation.
    Just see the photos.

    That’s the difference between Germany and Japan.