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Sir Peter Maxwell Davis CH CBE

"An audience shouldn't listen with complacency"

It with sadness that we learn of the death today of the composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davis. A delightfully unpretentious and courteous man, "Max" had to face controversy throughout his career. In 1971, Ken Russell commissioned him to write an additional score for his film adaptation of Sandy Wilson's The Boyfriend filmed in the New Theatre Royal Portsmouth. It starred Christopher Gable and Twiggy in her first acting role backed by an ensemble cast. In 2010, Max returned to the theatre for a reunion with Russelly and cast members to start the £4.5m fundraising to rebuild the lost stage house destroyed by fire a year after the film. His most recent piece A Torrent of Gold, with words by his old friend the poet George Mackay Brown, was premiered in January. His "Fanfare for the New Theatre Royal" premiered there on Friday evening.

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