Colin Parkinson, the former civil partner partner of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, has been found dead in a small flat in Kirkwall, where he had lived in poverty after being evicted from the marital home. His death has not yet been reported in local media and the cause is not known. Colin was 58.
We have been informed of the tragedy by a fellow-composer. We understand that Max, Master of the Queen’s Musick, was told about it in London. He is said to have received the news with equanimity. The adjective given to us was ‘sanguine’.
The relationship between Max and Colin ended in a legal battle that you can read about here. Having gone to court for the right to marry Colin in a same-sex ceremony in 2007, Max went back to court last September to have Colin evicted from their Orkneys home. He pursued further legal action to accuse Colin, a former builder, of domestic abuse. Colin was later reported to be living with a female friend.
Max, 78, is presently receiving treatment for leukemia. He said that his own cancer put recent troubles into perspective.
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