With a keynote speech on composing the Orkney landscape (pictured)

The conference will take place on 2nd and 3rd March in Canterbury Christ Church’s Maxwell Davies Building and St Gregory’s Centre for Music, combining work in musicology, composition and performance, and a keynote by Dr Nicholas Jones (Cardiff University), titled: ‘For the Islands I Sing’.

Registration for the conference is now open via this link: http://canterbury.ac.uk/arts-and-culture/event-details.aspx?instance=191205 

The registration cost is £10, or is waived if you are a member of CCCU’s school of Music and Performing Arts or a current member of the Royal Musical Association.

The Conference committee gratefully acknowledge the support of the Royal Musical Association and Canterbury Christ Church’s School of Music and Performing Arts and Arts and Culture for the conference.


Friday 2nd March

1.10pm: Concert with the Assembly Project 

This recital honours the memory of the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Featuring several of his solo and chamber works, including A Kestrel paced around the Sun and Lullaby, the programme also includes the UK mainland premieres of the prize-winning works from the Composers’ Competition run by the St Magnus International Festival, Orkney in collaboration with Canterbury Christ Church. Introductions will be offered by colleague and friend of ‘Max’, Alasdair Nicolson, director of the St Magnus Festival.

Book tickets (£5: advance booking is recommended as the concert is likely to be busy): http://canterbury.ac.uk/arts-and-culture/event-details.aspx?instance=191604

2.30pm: Workshop with players from the Assembly Project

Players from the Assembly project will workshop pieces from a call for works that features postgraduate composers from CCCU and the Royal Musical Association. This workshop is open to the public and does not need separate booking from the conference. 


Saturday 3rd March

9.30: Conference Registration in the Maxwell Davies Building

10.00: Welcome (MDg01)

10.15: Sessions 1a and 1b (MDg01 and MDf08)

Session 1a: Analysing Maxwell Davies

Chair: Stelios Chatziiosifidis, Canterbury Christ Church University

1. Jo Wilhem Siebert (SIM, Berlin): Worldes Blis: A Title and its Implications

2. Nirmali Fenn: Yale NUS College: Squaring the Truth

3. Richard McGregor: Maxwell Davies’s Fool

Session 1b: Maxwell Davies in Context

Chair: tbc

1. Kate Guthrie (University of Bristol): Maxwell Davies and the Postwar Revolution in Music Pedagogy

2. Karen Olson (Washington University at St Louis): Maxwell Davies as Environmentalist

3. Federica Nardacci (RCM): Letters of a Young Composer

11.45: Coffee

12.00: Sessions 2a and 2b (MDg01 and MDf08)

Session 2a: Maxwell Davies and Modernism

Chair: John Fallas, University of Leeds

1. Alexander Kolassa (IMR): Peter Maxwell Davies and Early Music Modernism in Ken Russell’s The Devils

2. John Hails (Edinburgh Napier): Listening to Lines of Flight

Session 2b: Perspectives on Performance

Chair: tbc

1. David Dewar (University of Bristol): Reflections on Performing the Music of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

2. Terence Curran and Alison Wells (OU and RCM): Changing Perspectives and Personal Reflections on the Performance of Miss Donithorne’s Maggot (1974)

13.00: Lunch

14.00: Performance Session (St Greg’s)

Chair: David Allinson, Canterbury Christ Church University

1. Simon Desbruslais (University of Hull): The Signature of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

2. Chris Price (Canterbury Christ Church University): Seven Songs Home: Challenging Music Education 

3. Performances of Seven Songs Home (Top Voices, dir. Chris Price, Canterbury Christ Church University) and Litany for a Ruined Chapel Between Sheep and Shore (Simon Desbruslais, University of Hull)

15.30: Coffee

15.45: Keynote Talk (MDg01)

Chair: Lauren Redhead, Canterbury Christ Church University

Dr Nicholas Jones (Cardiff University): ‘For the Islands I Sing’: Composing the Orkney Landscape.’

17.15: Installation (St Greg’s)

For the Islands I Sing: directed by Alistair Zaldua, Canterbury Christ Church University and created by MMus composers

18.00: Close, and informal meal and drinks in Canterbury