The Early Music Show: A Tribute to Christopher Hogwood

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 4 October, 2014

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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