Although he has devoted his life to music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies doesn't care to have it force fed to him. Mandrake hears that the Master of the Queen's Music and his civil partner stormed out of a restaurant after it refused to turn off its melodies.
He has been coming here for about 10 years and we always turn off the music when he comes, says Alessandro Fressura, the manager of Gotti, an Italian restaurant in Marylebone.
But, this time, some other customers asked us why there was no music, because they wanted an atmosphere, so we turned it on, very softly. We are not a disco. Mr Maxwell was very upset. He is very nice, but, if he gets upset, it is a different story.