Composer Laureate Sir Peter Maxwell Davies wins RPS Gold Medal!

Peter Maxwell Davies with SCOCongratulations to our Conductor Laureate Sir Peter Maxwell Davies who has been awarded one of classical music’s highest honours, the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal.

The medal, which was founded in 1870 in celebration of the centenary of the birth of Beethoven, was presented to him at his home in the Orkney Islands.

Previous composers to receive the award include Brahms, Delius, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Sibelius, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Kodály, Prokofiev, Olivier Messiaen, William Walton, Malcolm Sargent, Arthur Bliss, Benjamin Britten, Michael Tippett, Lutosławski, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Ligeti, Elliott Carter, Henri Dutilleux and most recently György Kurtág.

On receipt of the award, Peter Maxwell Davies commented: “I am absolutely delighted and couldn't be more honoured to receive the RPS Gold Medal. That’s the one I wanted!”

Further information can be found on the RPS Website.