The Early Music Show: Philip Pickett

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main, Zeeber Gold

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 13 March, 2013

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

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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.

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