Peter Maxwell-Davies studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music and Manchester University. In 1957 he won an Italian Government Scholarship and went to study in Rome, where he wrote Prolation for Orchestra which won the 1959 Olivetti Prize. Between 1959- 62 he was Director of Music at Cirencester Grammar School, where the freshness of his approach to teaching young people to make music produced such successful results that his services as a lecturer have been much in demand ever since. A series of schools broadcasts on BBC TV and performances of his works at the Promenade Concerts brought his ideas to an even larger audience. In 1962 he went to study at the Graduate Music School at Princeton University on a Harkness Fellowship and in 1965 undertook lecture tours in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, later returning to Australia as Composer in Residence at the University of Adelaide. He now lives in England and in 1967 formed the Pierrot Players, under the directorship of Peter Maxwell-Davies and Harrison Birtwhistle, to give performances of contemporary music. Since its first appearance at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Peter Maxwell-Davies has conducted many concerts with this ensemble in Britain and abroad.