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Sir Peter Maxwell Davies  pictured with the Queen (PA)

The celebrated composer has died at the age of 81

Iron Maiden stopped in El Salvador on their latest world tour (AP)

The heavy metal band also paid tribute to the murdered priest during a concert in San Salvador

Composer John Cage in the anechoic chamber at Harvard University

What John Cage can teach us about the Mass

The avant-garde composer’s infamous piece reminds us that we need silence

Sir James MacMillan: a vital custodian of Britain’s Catholic heritage (PA)

The holy warrior with a baton

Sir James MacMillan has this year attained sublime creative heights as well as taken on nationalist interests that want to marginalise Catholicism

'The choice of music at Mass matters as much as the quality of the sermon' (cartoon by Christian Adams)

Can Bad Catholic Music be stopped?

When Benedict XVI was in his prime choirmasters quietly reintroduced chant and polyphony to Catholic parishes. But it may have been too little too late

The Bosco Brothers use rap to appeal to young people

Salesians are using rap to share their faith with young people

Sir James will write the piece for the 2017 event

The celebration in 2017 will be attended by Pope Francis

The Maltings at Snape, Suffolk, the home of the Aldeburgh Festival (PA)

It was a good week for composers at the Aldeburgh Festival

James MacMillan presenting a manuscript to Prince Charles (PA)

Leading classical music composer recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

A painting of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

The library at Ushaw College may have unearthed a previously unknown score by the early 18th century Italian composer