The Early Music Show: A Tribute to Christopher Hogwood

Today we cel­e­brate the life and work of Christo­pher Hog­wood CBE (10 Sep­tem­ber 1941 – 24 Sep­tem­ber 2014) , co-founder of the Ear­ly Music Con­sort and founder of the Acad­e­my of Ancient Music. An author­i­ty on his­tor­i­cal­ly-informed per­for­mance and one of the lead­ing lights in the Ear­ly Music revival, he sad­ly passed away on Sep­tem­ber 24.

In this pro­gramme, we will be focus­ing pri­mar­i­ly on his work in the Baroque sphere, main­ly with the Acad­e­my of Ancient Music, but we’ll also hear some of his ear­ly per­for­mances of Renais­sance and Medi­ae­val music, per­formed with the Ear­ly Music Con­sort of Lon­don. In addi­tion, we’ll be play­ing a selec­tion of Baroque music per­for­mances by oth­er artists and ensem­bles.

In 1967, Hog­wood co-found­ed the Ear­ly Music Con­sort with David Munrow. In 1973 he found­ed the Acad­e­my of Ancient Music, which spe­cial­izes in per­for­mances of Baroque and ear­ly Clas­si­cal music using peri­od instru­ments. The Ear­ly Music Con­sort was dis­band­ed fol­low­ing Munrow’s death in 1976, but Hog­wood con­tin­ued to per­form and record with the Acad­e­my of Ancient Music.

Although Hog­wood was best-known for the baroque and ear­ly clas­si­cal reper­toire (sev­er­al of which we’ll hear today), he also per­formed con­tem­po­rary music, with a par­tic­u­lar affin­i­ty for the neo-baroque and neo­clas­si­cal schools includ­ing many works by Stravin­sky, Mar­t­inu and Hin­demith.

In July 2010, he was appoint­ed Pro­fes­sor of Music at Gre­sham Col­lege, Lon­don. In this role he deliv­ered four series of free pub­lic lec­tures.

At the time of his death, Hog­wood was Hon­ourary Pro­fes­sor of Music in the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cam­bridge, Con­sul­tant Vis­it­ing Pro­fes­sor of his­tor­i­cal per­for­mance in the Roy­al Acad­e­my of Music and vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor at King’s Col­lege Lon­don. He was an Hon­orary Fel­low of Jesus Col­lege, Cam­bridge and Pem­broke Col­lege, Cam­bridge.

In 1989, Hog­wood was appoint­ed a Com­man­der of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). He was the recip­i­ent of the Halle Han­del Prize in 2008. (Bio­graph­i­cal details adapt­ed from Wikipedia)

Pho­to: Acad­e­my of Ancient Music

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