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March 2016

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, University and Music alumnus, has died aged 81

(18 March 2016)

Born in Salford in 1934, he went on to study Music in a joint course with the University of Manchester and the Royal Manchester College of Music (now the Royal Northern College of Music), going on to be regarded as one of the most driven and prolific composers of all time. In 2004 he was appointed Master of the Queen’s Music (the musical equivalent to the role of Poet Laureate), though he would keep close links to the University of Manchester his whole life, notably as Patron of the Manchester University Music Society.

Dr Camden Reeves, Senior Lecturer in Composition and Head of Music, said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of University of Manchester alumnus Peter Maxwell Davies' death. He was a great ambassador and true friend of the Music Department at Manchester and patron to the Music Society”.

His obituary can be read here.