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Maxwell Davies joins Royal Academy

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has been appointed as a professor at the Royal Academy of Music. The RAM composition department is led by Professor Simon Bainbridge, but it seems likely that Professor Curtis Price, instrumental in attracting Sir Harrison Birtwistle to King's College London, during his tenure there, was responsible for pulling off a similar coup at the Academy.

Price said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Max to our illustrious teaching staff. His irrepressible presence, which we recently enjoyed here during the festival devoted to his music presented by the Academy and the South Bank Centre, is sure to become a particularly appreciated part of Academy life’.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies said ‘It is a great privilege to be asked by the Royal Academy of Music to participate in the teaching of composition, performing practices and musical analysis. I know the students are of the highest standard, and I hope I will be able to do justice to this appointment.’

Composers who have studied at the Academy include Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Cornelius Cardew, Nicholas Maw, John Tavener, Michael Nyman, Brian Ferneyhough, Paul Patterson, Craig Armstrong and Augusta Read Thomas.

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