Sir Peter Maxwell Davies is one of Britain's most popular leading composers having written a vast amount of music for almost every medium. He has recorded with most of the major record companies including Decca, EMI, Philips, DG and currently has an exclusive contract with Collins Classics. Frequently acknowledged as one of the foremost composers of our time, in recent years he has conducted not only his own music but also that of the mainstream classical repenoire. He has lived in the Orkneys since 1970 and founded the St Magnus Festival 1977. He was knighted in 1987 for his services to music.