Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Queen Elizabeth’s official Composer, has not been asked to create a musical offering for the William & Kate wedding, and he is none too happy about it.
Asked if he would be watching the royal wedding, his one word response was “No.” His one man boycott follows William and Kate and their official news arm announcing those who would be responsible for their music, with no mention of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
This is not an unusual move for royal weddings – Malcolm Williamson, the predecessor to Maxwell Davies, was not requested to compose for the Prince Charles & Diana wedding.
Ah well, we composers and arrangers are a sensitive, artistic lot, with fragile egos, lacking the life skills to deal with such heart rending issues. I speak for myself, of course, and not Mr. Davies.
Kate previewed her wedding music slate recently, speaking at length with another conductor – Christopher Warren Green, of London Chamber Orchestra fame. Perhaps this was the unpalatable aspect of the equation for the Queen’s composer. Sorry, old chap. I get it, but you certainly have a life anyway, so look on the bright side.
Our wedding music samples project, slated for release in Spring of 2011, included some of the numbers that will be featured in William and Kate’s wedding.