Sanday in mourning

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Sanday in mourning

Postby Rosaboobie » Mon Mar 14, 2016 1:40 pm

Today we lost our celebrated resident Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, one of the U.K.s most prolific composers, to an aggressive form of leukaemia. He had just finished composing an opera based on Orkney folk lore which is due to be performed for the first time in June. His house is on the opposite side of Roos Loch to where I am. When we have a becalmed day, his house is mirrored on the Loch - an awesome sight. Max, as he was known locally, will be sadly missed.

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Re: Sanday in mourning

Postby draclvr » Mon Mar 14, 2016 2:42 pm

Oh, how awful! I know you've talked about your resident celebrity before.
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Re: Sanday in mourning

Postby LadyKestrel » Mon Mar 14, 2016 3:18 pm

His works often have been featured on our classical music station, as both a composer and a conductor. Some of his pieces are challenging for me to listen to, but some are very pleasing.
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Re: Sanday in mourning

Postby Val » Mon Mar 14, 2016 4:12 pm

Sorry to hear about Sandays loss. I remember you talking about him but have yet to hear his compositions. Am sure he will be missed.
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Re: Sanday in mourning

Postby Phlebas » Tue Mar 15, 2016 6:42 am

I hadn't realized (or had forgotten) he lived on Sanday! I was sad to hear of his passing - he seemed like quite a character (as well as a talented composer, of course). I remember the story of his swan terrine...
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Re: Sanday in mourning

Postby Rosaboobie » Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:40 am

Oh yes, someone else told me about this swan terrine also, Phlebas.
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Re: Sanday in mourning

Postby Diat60 » Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:05 am

I just looked up his entry on Wikipedia and was taken with the "Sanday Light Railway". Sounds like it could have been most useful, too bad it's closed down.
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Re: Sanday in mourning

Postby Rosaboobie » Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:18 am

A railway might keep the mad drivers off the road, Diat. Yet another poor cat killed in my area yesterday by a speeding car!
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Re: Sanday in mourning

Postby Rosaboobie » Thu Mar 17, 2016 5:12 am

Well, it's Max's funeral tomorrow and he is going off to the Kirk and graveyard in style - on the back of a tractor and trailer no less - how very quaint - and before you ask, yes we do have a hearse/funeral car here.

Well done to Orkeny Ferries who have laid on an extra ferry in his honour tomorrow, as we are expecting a major influx of cars and visitors - probably the likes of which this little island has never seen - people coming from all over the world apparently, and this is not an easy place to travel to.
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Re: Sanday in mourning

Postby Diat60 » Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:29 am

How's the weather forecast? No great storms and winds forecast I hope. It would be awkward if Sanday also became an hard place to travel from..............
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Re: Sanday in mourning

Postby Rosaboobie » Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:43 am

Would you believe - we have had NO wind for 3 days now - it's really quite eerie as we are so used to hearing and feeling the constant wind. It actually reached 11 degrees here one day this week - a veritable heatwave for this time of year ha ha!

Weather forecast says cloudy but dry, Diat, for tomorrow. I will watch the funeral procession from my conservatory.
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Re: Sanday in mourning

Postby Diat60 » Thu Mar 17, 2016 7:06 am

Be interesting to see if you recognize any of the great and good.
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Re: Sanday in mourning

Postby draclvr » Thu Mar 17, 2016 8:46 am

Get photos if you can!
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Re: Sanday in mourning

Postby Rosaboobie » Sat Mar 19, 2016 3:31 am

This is the best I could do as it was taken from a long long way away!
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Re: Sanday in mourning

Postby draclvr » Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:41 am

How cool is that!
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