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Scottish-born composer will succeed Peter Maxwell-Davies in role described as musical equivalent of poet laureate

Buckingham Palace is set to appoint the first ever woman as master of the Queen's music. Judith Weir, a 60-year-old Scottish-born composer of several successful operas, will be announced this month as the successor to Peter Maxwell-Davies. It has yet to be decided if she will use the title of master or mistress.

The role described as musical equivalent of poet laureate

Weir has been the resident composer.........

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