Peter Maxwell Davies
Publisher: Chester Music
A Wall of Music (2014),
Commissioned by Southbank Centre to mark the restoration of the 1954 Harrison & Harrison / Downes
organ in the auditorium of the Royal Festival Hall.
First performance on 18th March 2014 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, by
David Goode (organ), children from Southbank Centre’s Voicelab; The Sage, Gateshead; Bridgewater
Hall, Manchester; and Town Hall & Symphony Hall, Birmingham, with brass players from the London
Philharmonic Orchestra and Youth Brass, conducted by Jessica Cottis.
Chester Music Ltd
Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble
The new work, scored for children’s choir, brass and organ, sets a poem by Jo Shapcott celebrating the restoration of the Royal Festival Hall organ. The two interludes for organ alone are contemplative rather than loud – I thought that there would be plenty of triumphant organ sound in the programme, and decided to explore its more intimate possibilities. The ending, however, uniting choir, organ and brass, is suitably affirmative.