The Festival is saddened by news of the death of one of its
founders, former Chairman and Honorary Vice-President Archie
Archie was instrumental in the first meeting between Peter
Maxwell Davies and George Mackay Brown which was to provide a
source for so much work at the early Festivals. He was also a
steady hand through the growth of the Festival in becoming an
internationally-known event. Despite failing health, he
continued to be a stalwart supporter of Festival events. Our
thoughts are with Elizabeth, Peter, Graham and Anne and the rest
of his family and friends.
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group including Orkney's distinguished resident composer Sir
Peter Maxwell Davies, the Festival has grown from small
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