The Early Music Show: Philip Pickett

Today we are show­cas­ing the work of Ear­ly Music vir­tu­oso Philip Pick­ett, an Eng­lish musi­cian, recorder play­er and direc­tor of ear­ly music ensem­bles, notably The New Lon­don Con­sort. We’ll be play­ing a wide range of per­for­mances by him and his var­i­ous ensem­bles, from medi­ae­val right up to the Baroque peri­od.

Orig­i­nal­ly a trum­pet play­er, Pick­ett met Antony Baines and David Munrow who encour­aged him to try ear­ly wood­wind instru­ments such as the recorder, shawm and rack­ett. He stud­ied at the Guild­hall School of Music and Dra­ma in Lon­don.

In 1972 he became Pro­fes­sor of Recorder and His­tor­i­cal Per­for­mance, a post he held for 25 years. 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.

Pick­ett intro­duced the­atri­cal ele­ments into his con­certs, includ­ing foy­er per­for­mances of jug­gling and fire-eat­ing. In 1976 he joined the Albion Band, a folk-rock band led by Ash­ley Hutch­ings. In 1988 he released his only solo album to date, The Alchemist. It includ­ed a few of his own com­po­si­tions in a mock-medieval style.

In 1993 he became artis­tic direc­tor of the Pur­cell Room Ear­ly Music series. In the same year he was appoint­ed direc­tor of Ear­ly Music at Shake­speare’s Globe The­atre. His ensem­ble, The Musi­cians of the Globe, spe­cialis­es in Eng­lish music from the 16th and 17th cen­turies.

In 1998, he released The Bones of All Men, a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Richard Thomp­son and mem­bers of Fair­port Con­ven­tion, in which he played ear­ly music tunes with a mod­ern rock rhythm sec­tion and elec­tric gui­tar.

Pick­ett leads The New Lon­don Con­sort simul­ta­ne­ous­ly with the musi­cians of the Globe. This has a wider reper­toire, cov­er­ing Eng­lish, Span­ish, Ital­ian and Ger­man medieval and Renais­sance music. Much of the mate­r­i­al is drawn from Philip’s orig­i­nal research in the libraries of Europe. From 1994 to 1997 he was founder and direc­tor of the Alde­burgh Ear­ly Music Fes­ti­val.

Text adapt­ed from Wikipedia

Zee­ber Gold

Join us at 11am or 7pm Pacif­ic Day­light Time (note that this cor­re­sponds to 18:00 and 02:00 GMT, an hour ear­li­er than usu­al) for the lat­est in our series of clas­sic inter­views with the lead­ing cul­tur­al fig­ures of the 1960s and 1970s. Today we fea­ture a 1967 inter­view with musi­cian Dono­van.

This was record­ed in Donovan’s home in 1967. It’s not the sort of thing that dates because he’s talk­ing about God and things like that. He sez he feels like a medi­um, he doesn’t cre­ate it… it just pass­es through. “It’s like hav­ing your fin­gers plugged into the sky.” A nice insight into a remark­able poet and all around nice guy.” 35 mins.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel. 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:

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