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Maxwell Davies is new Master of the Queen's Music

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has been appointed Master of the Queen's Music for a 10-year period. The announcement was made by Buckingham Palace on 7 March and the composer has welcomed the appointment as giving him the opportunity to help raise the profile of classical music in the community. The post is honorary and carries no fixed duties, with the composer receiving a small stipend. Maxwell Davies succeeds Malcolm Williamson in the role, following the latter's death in March 2003, and is in line of succession from prestigious earlier incumbents including Edward Elgar, Arnold Bax and Arthur Bliss.

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