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Sir Peter Maxwell Davies - Debut Discs Launch Speech
15 June 2012

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies talks about

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the ambassador of our Debut Discs series, was our special guest at the launch party last week held at London's ICA. Max is a keen supporter of new talent and champions the importance of music education in all schools. Watch his passionate speech on these subjectsin the video below, complete with a marching band soundtrack coming from the street outside!

 

Here are some highlights  ...

"There’s no card, business card, better than a compact disc for a composer. It doesn’t half impress people and they get a long way on it ... these composers they will get more performances, more commissions, more recognition just by having that disc" - Peter Maxwell Davies
 
“An opportunity like this that NMC gives to these very, very deserving and talented composers is, not only for me but for all of us, a chance to learn, a chance to come in to contact with something which is vibrant and alive … they really do feel that it is a hell of a job to break through and to get anybody to take any notice of them and I’m very moved and very touched that this wonderful opportunity is presented to these young people to get their work out there” - Peter Maxwell Davies

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“From having to pay back money for their education, to having to earn money for whatever reason, when they don’t get the grants that they used to get; they don’t get the scholarships that they used to get to study.  These things have made it very, very tough for a lot young musicians, particularly young composers.
And I’d just like to say one thing which I think is very, very serious; coming from my background, had I been born much later and been going into the Royal Academy or to university now and I would have had to have borrowed money in order to do that, my parents would have said “no, it is immoral to borrow money, you never do it”. And I wouldn’t have had the education … people like John Ogdon, Harrison Birtwistle, Elgar Howarth, and I wouldn’t have had a look in” - Peter Maxwell Davies

"This idea of working with art students, I think it’s wonderful, I know when I was a student I learned so much from art, architecture students particularly when I was studying in Italy.  And also I think these days at the RA for instance they have chance to work with cinema with ballet with modern dance. I think this cross-fertilization is absolutely essential it always happened in the past, these days people seem to live in little artistic compartments unless you give them a push and shove them together and I think that’s very bad and very dangerous; and so this aspect of cross-fertilization between the arts, hooray for that. - Peter Maxwell Davies

 

The cover designs by the BA Graphic Design students from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design were displayed at the ICA launch event.

 

For more details about our Debut Discs series please visit our mini-site at http://www.nmcrec.co.uk/debut-discs

(c) photos by Jamie Campbell

Peter Maxwell Davies

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