Don't miss Elektrostatic Festival
From Eight Songs For A Mad King to a soon-to-be-premiered 9th Symphony dedicated to the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee, from enfant terrible to Master of the Queen's Music, the last half- century or so has proved quite a journey for Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, pictured.
Not that he's lost any of his "edge" along the way. His recent opera about student protests was shortlisted for this year's prestigious RPS Awards. And the piece – Kommilitonen – kicks off the last day of Bristol's newish-kid-on-the-block festival of contemporary music, Elektrostatic.
Max, (as he's universally known), gives an illustrated talk on the opera with live excerpts at Arnolfini – where the festival opens with sound installations in the docks and Max's early plainchant-derived String Quartet.
Last year's festival included unforgettable visits by eighth blackbird from New York and an explosion of Steve Reich courtesy of Colin Currie and his ensemble.
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This year, Manchester-based Psappha gives the Bristol Ensemble a night off – with the "Max factor" at the heart of a programme also introduced by the composer.
Elektrostatic Festival Sunday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 12, Arnolfini and Colston Hall. See classical listings for details.