ⓘ Master of the Queens Music is the title given to one chosen composer of classical music; it is a post in the Royal Household of the King or Queen of the United ..


ⓘ Master of the Queens Music

Master of the Queens Music is the title given to one chosen composer of classical music; it is a post in the Royal Household of the King or Queen of the United Kingdom. Only one person holds the title at any one time. It is very similar to the post of Poet Laureate which is for a poet.

The Master of the Queens Music is now Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Instead of being appointed for life, he was appointed for a ten-year term, starting March 2004. The change was to give more composers the opportunity to serve.

The Master of the Queens Music has the job of composing music for special royal occasions such as anniversaries, marriages and funerals, and for special ceremonies.

The title was created in 1626 by Charles I. It was spelt Master of the Kings Musick and was always spelt that way until the time of Sir Edward Elgar who was Master from 1924 to 1934.

Holders of the post have been:

  • Sir Arnold Bax, KCVO 1942-1952
  • William Shield 1817-1829
  • William Parsons 1786-1817
  • John Eccles 1700-1735
  • Professor Sir Walter Parratt, KCVO 1893-1924
  • Malcolm Williamson, CBE AO 1975-2003
  • Nicholas Staggins 1674-1700
  • John Stanley 1779-1786
  • Christian Kramer 1829-1834
  • Sir Arthur Bliss, CH KCVO 1953-1975
  • Louis Grabu 1666-1674
  • Nicholas Lanier 1625-1649 and 1660-1666
  • George Frederick Anderson 1848-1870
  • Franz Cramer 1834-1848
  • Sir William George Cusins 1870-1893
  • Sir Henry Walford Davies, KCVO OBE 1934-1941
  • Sir Edward Elgar, Bt OM GCVO 1924-1934
  • Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, CBE 2004-appointed until 2014
  • William Boyce 1755-1779
  • Maurice Greene 1735-1755
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