An interview with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Showcasing the excellence of choral writing

The Choirbook for The Queen was born out of an inspirational idea from Robert Ponsonby and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies some nine years ago: to produce a collection of contemporary anthems, published for the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen in 2012 and accompanied by a year-long celebration of services that would showcase the excellence of choral writing and the continuation of the choral tradition by cathedral choirs and other choral foundations around the country.

Since the idea was suggested in 2003, plans for the Choirbook were developed by Ian Ritchie and Carol Butler, working with a distinguished advisory group and in consultation with composers, publishers and choral foundations. The Choirbook contains forty four anthems, including eleven commissioned for the Choirbook by The Choirbook Trust. Eighty cathedral and choral foundation choirs sang the anthems during the Jubilee year in the context of services, many of which were broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and on local radio.



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