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10 October 2013
Environmental Politics & the music of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

We have been contacted by PhD candidate Karen Olson from Washington University in St Louis with the following request: 

"I’m a PhD candidate in musicology at Washington University in St. Louis.  I’m writing a dissertation on environmental politics and the music of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, focusing on how responses to his music have changed over time, as environmentalism has become a mainstream political concern.  Part of my research includes looking at the local and community aspects of his music, so I’m especially looking for any information concerning the uranium-mining protest in the late 1970s, right around the time when he moved to Orkney.  Additionally, I’m interested in information or personal recollections concerning performances of any of the following works, most of which were premiered (or at least performed) at St Magnus Festivals between 1979 and 1992: Solstice of Light, Black Pentecost, The Yellow Cake Revue (including “Farewell to Stromness” and “Yesnaby Ground”), Into the Labyrinth, and The Spiders’ Revenge.

If you were or you know anyone who was involved with these pieces (in any capacity!) I would love to speak with you.  I can be contacted at kjolson@wustl.edu.

Thanks in advance for any help!"

If you can offer Karen any help then either contact her on her email address, above, or contact us and we will put you in touch with her.