Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has passed away last year. He was a keen environmentalist. He wrote The Yellow Cake Revue, a collection of cabaret-style pieces that he performed with actress Eleanor Bron, in protest at plans to mine uranium ore in Orkney.
Farewell to Stromness, which is probably his most famous piece is taken from this suite. The slow, walking bass line that pervades the Farewell portrays the residents of the village of Stromness having to leave their homes as a result of uranium contamination. It was first performed at the St Magnus Festival on Orkney. Stromness is the second largest town in Orkney.
Had the proposed development been approved , Stromness would have been just two miles from the uranium mine’s core, and the centre most threatened by pollution.