BEYOND THE NOTES: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

BEYOND THE NOTES: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

The Forge

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Monday 28 November 2016
19:00 - 22:30
Tickets from £10
Live Music
Live Music
Over 14s. Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

This event sees the launch of Ensemble Perpetuo’s innovative composer portrait series, BEYOND THE NOTES. Joined by the Artistic Director of St. Magnus International Festival in Orkney, Alasdair Nicolson, Perpetuo will guide you through the life, influences and works of Peter Maxwell Davies.

This concert features a wide variety of Maxwell Davies' solo and chamber works as well as the London Premiere of Alasdair Nicolson's Magnus III for violin and oboe. Also included is a performance of Sonatina for Violin Alone which Peter Maxwell Davies wrote for our violinist Fenella Humphreys in 2014. The event is divided into 3 sets and offers a great opportunity to hear the music of Maxwell Davies in a relaxed setting that offers unique insights into his life and the inspiration behind his music.


Doors: 7pm
Performance: 7.30pm



JOHN DOWLAND Lachrimae Antique
PETER MAXWELL DAVIES Sonatina for violin alone


PETER MAXWELL DAVIES Start Point (Four Sanday Tunes)
PETER MAXWELL DAVIES Lullaby for Violin and Cello
PETER MAXWELL DAVIES Farewell to Stromness (quartet version)
PETER MAXWELL DAVIES Midhouse Air for Violin and Viola


PETER MAXWELL DAVIES First Grace of Light for Oboe
THOMAS TOMKINS A Sad Paven for these Distracted Tymes
PETER MAXWELL DAVIES A Sad Paven for these Distracted Tymes


Ensemble Perpetuo is a dynamic and versatile collective of musicians who perform a wide variety of traditional and contemporary chamber music in new settings. Founded in 2013 by English oboist, James Turnbull, Ensemble Perpetuo aims to bring chamber music to new audiences through exciting collaborations and innovative repertoire choices. Ensemble Perpetuo is building numerous partnerships with composers, theatres, dance companies, chefs, artists, photographers, film makers and digital studios. It seeks new pathways in which to experiment and augment the concert experience through multi-art form collaborations.

Perpetuo have appeared in the Totally Thames, Little Venice, and Rye Festivals and released their debut recording for Champs Hill Records in August 2016. Following the sell out inaugural season of events produced by Perpetuo in 2015, an exciting season of events lies ahead for the group in 2016/17 as they extend their series of site specific performances of chamber music in found locations throughout the UK.

Ensemble Perpetuo is made up of active soloists, chamber players and orchestral musicians who can be found performing in numerous orchestras and prestigious venues throughout the UK.

Ensemble Perpetuo is registered as a charitable organisation in the UK (Registered Charity Number 1163833).

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This was a wonderful evening of music by Peter Maxwell Davies with marvellous performance by members of Ensemble Perpetuo. I have always been a fan of Max's music, especially the early, ground-breaking iconoclastic works such as 'Eight songs for a mad king', 'Worldes Blis', etc., etc. so I was somewhat surprised to hear a number of very pleasantly melodious pieces. I knew Max could write pastiche but these were new and enjoyable revelations. On the downside, the room was cold and the lack of food was disappointing; also, I am not sure that two intervals were required - one would have been enough for me. Maybe the performers needed some tine off! A great evening by a great ensemble. Visited The Forge on 2016-11-28
by on November 30th, 2016

A gem of an evening presenting the music of Peter Maxwell Davies of whom I wanted to know more. Excellently played by the Ensemble Perpetuo, James Turnbull, oboe of particular note. The downside being that the venue was VERY cold. Visited The Forge on 2016-11-28
by on November 30th, 2016

An excellent evening of music made even more enjoyable by the Alasdair Nicolson's warm and illuminating commentary. Visited The Forge on 2016-11-28
by on November 30th, 2016

A beautiful programme of music, full of little gems and all mostly unknown to a wider audience. It was expertly played by the brilliant Ensemble Perpetuo, who were obviously enjoying playing the notes as much as we enjoyed listening to them. Visited The Forge on 2016-11-28
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