Registration is now open for Unmasking Max: Peter Maxwell Davies Study Day, Cardiff University, School of Music, Saturday 25 April 2020


9.00 Arrival/registration (refreshments available)
9.25 Welcome and opening remarks

9.30 Session 1
- Rodney Lister (Boston University): ‘That was Now, This is Then’
- Alexander Kolassa (Open University): ‘“A crazy clutter of the mediaeval, medical mind”: Peter Maxwell Davies in Ken Russell’s The Devils’

10.30 Break / refreshments

11.00 Session 2
- Upa Mesbahian (King’s College London): ‘The Lighthouse: A Tale of Collective Madness’
- Richard McGregor (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland): ‘Taking The No. 11 Bus to the Resurrection’

12.00 Lunch and book launch of The Music of Peter Maxwell Davies (co-authored by Nicholas Jones and Richard McGregor):

1.00 Paper / lunchtime concert
- Nicholas Jones (Cardiff University): ‘Early Chamber Works’, featuring several world premieres of works dating from the late 1940s and early 1950s.

2.00 Keynote
- Christopher Austin (Royal Academy of Music): ‘Peter Maxwell Davies and The Twilight Zone’

3.15 Break / refreshments

3.45 Session 3
- Thomas Hyde (King’s College London/Oxford University): ‘Salford Fairgrounds and Five-legged sheep: Peter Maxwell Davies’s Construction of his Own Childhood and the Ambiguities of Mythmaking’
- Sylvia Junge: ‘Max’s Music for Children and Amateurs: A Personal View’

4.45 Roundtable discussion: ‘Remembering Max’
- Christopher Austin, Sally Groves, Sylvia Junge, Nicholas Jones (Chair)

5.30 Close

7.00 Evening concert, including a performance of Eight Songs for a Mad King, conducted by Joshua Ballance, soloist Barney Wolstenholme; introduced by Nicholas Jones and Richard McGregor

Registration, including tea/coffee, lunch and lunchtime concert, will cost £25 for the day. Please click on the following link to book your place:

Following the study day, the School of Music is hosting an evening concert that includes a performance of Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King. Please note that the cost of a ticket for this concert is in addition to the study day registration fee and can be purchased here: 

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