Judith Weir becomes Master of the Queen’s Music

We are delighted to share our congratulations to former Artistic Director and current trustee of Spitalfields Music, Judith Weir, who has been appointed as the Master of the Queen’s Music.

She takes up the post today (22 July), when she is received by the Queen at Buckingham Palace. She succeeds Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who has held the post for the past ten years.

This historic post is an honorary position awarded to an eminent musician, and while there are no fixed duties, the Master often composes work for state and royal occasions. Past Masters include William Boyce, Edward Elgar and Arnold Bax, and Judith will be the first female composer to hold the title.

Judith commented on her appointment: “It is a great honour to take up the position of Master of the Queen’s Music, in succession to Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who has given his musical and personal gifts so freely to this unusual national role. I hope to encourage everyone in the UK who sings, plays or writes music, and to hear as many of them as possible in action over the next ten years. Listening is also a skill, and I intend to uphold our rights to quietness and even silence, where appropriate. Above all, our children deserve the best we can give them, and that includes access to live music, whether as learners, performers or listeners.”