Max specifies which whisky to sip when conducting his music

This weekend, Christopher Warren-Green is conducting Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ marvellous piece An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise with the Charlotte Symphony.

Chris was friends with the composer and visited him at home in Orkney not long before his death earlier this year. Max inscribed the following instruction on the front of his score:


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‘Think about Highland Park or Scapa (MY favourite!) before lifting the baton – & afterwards, down a FEW most generous glasses! Much love & infinite thanks, Max.’

peter maxwell davies

Sorely missed.

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  • Be careful here. You wouldn’t want the fate that befell Alexander Glazunov when he conducted the premiere of Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony. Better to have the Scotch after the concert.

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