From the Library: The Early Music Show with Elrik Merlin

Today on the Ear­ly Music Show, we’ll be fea­tur­ing the work of Philip Pick­ett, an expert in and play­er of mediæ­val and Renais­sance instru­ments, and direc­tor of both the New Lon­don Con­sort and the Musi­cians of the Globe The­atre in Lon­don. He has played for the Acad­e­my of St. Mar­tin-in-the-Fields, The Eng­lish Con­cert, the Eng­lish Cham­ber Orches­tra, the Lon­don Mozart Play­ers and many oth­er orches­tras. You can read more about him here.

Phil Pick­ett was appoint­ed artis­tic direc­tor of the Pur­cell Room Ear­ly Music series in 1993, and in the same year was appoint­ed direc­tor of Ear­ly Music at Shake­speare’s Globe The­atre. He also leads the New Lon­don Con­sort.

Pick­ett has, how­ev­er, done a lot more than remain in the hal­lowed halls of tra­di­tion­al Ear­ly Music and its instru­men­ta­tion. He joined the Albion Band, found­ed by Ash­ley Hutch­ings, in 1976, where he added Renais­sance instru­men­ta­tion and musi­cal ele­ments to their folk music work on The Prospect Before Us and Rise Up Like The Sun, and released a solo album, The Alchemist, in 1988. More recent­ly (1998) he record­ed a mar­vel­lous album of rocked-up Renais­sance pieces with Richard Thomp­son and var­i­ous mem­bers of Fair­port Con­ven­tion called The Bones Of All Men.

We’ll be hear­ing work from all of these threads of Pick­et­t’s work today: sit back and enjoy the var­ied and excit­ing music of this unique vir­tu­oso artist and musi­cal direc­tor.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with our friends at the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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