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Some nice references to David Munrow on the following podcast from New Orleans Public Radio (WWNO) from their Music da Camera's Continuum programme.

Munrow's Recorded Legacy / THE VOYAGER GOLDEN RECORD reissued
« on: February 16, 2018, 06:49:49 AM »
As many of you know, Munrow featured on a special 'golden' long-playing record (lp) sent up with both of NASA's Voyager spacecraft, launched in 1977.

The disc was a compilation of music and sounds chosen by scientist Carl Sagan, for any curious alien lifeforms out there who happened upon the contents of the spacecraft!

The track featuring Munrow was The Early Music Consort of London's performance of Anthony Holborne's 'The Fairie Round' - the one where he plays a bass sordune, with John Turner on the top descant recorder part.

A Kickstarter campaign has successfully produced a recreation of the golden record and is available at

Yes, it's part of the BBC Genome project, which scanned all the Radio Times magazine listings from 1923 to 2009. Some recent (radio) programmes are available on BBC iPlayer, but still no sign of his Ancestral Voices tv programme, or his Pied Piper series...

Amongst the fascinating tv programmes Munrow appeared on were:

1. An edition of the music quiz Face The Music, on 7th December, 1974.

2. So You Thought It All Started with Bach, presented by Clement Freud.

Thanks for the heads up Robert - certainly one for the archive!

Munrow's Recorded Legacy / Pied Piper
« on: December 02, 2016, 06:04:54 PM »
A retrospective appreciation of David Munrow's much-loved Pied Piper series is being aired on BBC Radio Three at present.

Please visit

There are episodes from his long-running series, and background features on the man himself.

A timely appreciation, some forty years after Munrow sadly passed, showing how large a gap he left in all our lives.

General Discussion / Re: Gryphon, and the Munrow Influence
« on: November 04, 2016, 08:40:45 PM »
I was at the Gryphon Union Chapel gig 18 months ago - when Richard Harvey was very much the frontman and driver behind the band reunion.

It was astonishing to hear the music as polished and fresh as it was way back in 1973. And the later rock-oriented repertoire was clearly the transitional period for Richard Harvey's grander ambitions - which eventually led to him leaving the group he will be forever associated with.

Richard Harvey and Brian Gulland also played for Musica Reservata, as did Munrow previously.

Like Munrow, Harvey plays recorder with the minimum of vibrato, very much in the 'English' style and his technique surpasses Munrow by some margin.

General Discussion / Re: Forty Years Ago...................
« on: May 17, 2016, 07:35:07 PM »
A quick perusal of the 2016 Greenwich Early Music Festival events programme doesn't reveal any particular homage to Munrow, nor does this year's York Early Music Festival, but perhaps other early music festivals may mark their respects, so if anyone knows of a suitable event please post on here.

I'm planning a concert in Munrow's memory later this year, but it's likely to be here in the frozen north!

David Munrow died 40 years ago on May 15, 1976.

His passing still leaves a sense of loss, of waste  - and of what might have been.

With so many of his colleagues from The Early Music Consort of London having left us too, the memories are becoming more treasured and heartfelt.

We still have his unique and extensive recorded output to continually bring us joy and emotion, and the number of people he inspired ensures his influence remains to this day.

So, let's all put on a recording or two of Munrow, and reflect and celebrate his everlasting legacy!

My choices today would have to be his recording of Purcell's achingly beautiful Chaconne: Two in one upon a ground, from 'Dioclesian', taken from his Greensleeves to a Ground LP, now no longer available. The other would be his sublime recording of Ockeghem's 'Prenez sur moi', from The Art of The Netherlands album. Actually, I'd better choose something in a major key too! Let's sneak in as a link below, a multitrack recording of him performing a jaunty little number  by composer David Cain - enjoy!

General Discussion / Journey Into Love TV Programme 1971
« on: December 24, 2015, 06:02:12 PM »
I've found some fascinating stills from a LWT programme, Journey Into Love,  dating from 1971, which featured the Early Music Consort:

Does anyone remember the programme? It shows Christopher Hogwood, Oliver Brookes, James Tyler, Munrow and James Bowman. There are also references on the web to a performance on the same show by Bert Jansch/Pentangle - indeed, Munrow was closely associated with the folk genre inspired by medieval and renaissance music.

General Discussion / Arthur Johnson RIP
« on: December 19, 2014, 10:54:48 PM »
Arthur Johnson has died, aged 74, as reported in the following obituary in The Guardian:

He was best known as the producer of Munrow's long-running 'Pied Piper' radio programme on BBC Radio Three, notching 655 editions over a five-year period.

He was interviewed for several radio documentaries on his work with Munrow, and wrote short biographies of Munrow for a number of record compilations and tributes after Munrow's untimely death.

General Discussion / BBC Genome Project and references to David Munrow
« on: October 17, 2014, 08:40:52 AM »
The BBC Genome Project has digitised the listings information from their weekly tv and radio guide 'Radio Times', from 1923-2009.

A search on David Munrow reveals a rich variety of programmes featuring Munrow, and helps to pinpoint his popularity and influence amongst the wider public, and not just the small world of 'early music'.

General Discussion / R.I.P. Christopher Hogwood
« on: September 24, 2014, 05:36:51 PM »
Sad news - Chris Hogwood has died after a brave battle with illness.

He was one of Munrow's early collaborators, and many will remember his versatility in some of the earlier Early Music Consort of London performances - playing keyboards, harp and percussion, before going his own way with the Academy of Ancient Music.

He never said much publicly about his years with Munrow, and he apparently never played medieval and renaissance music again after Munrow's death.

It was hoped that he might have provided some insights into those early years but I don't know whether he was working on an autobiography - we'll have to see.

The world of music has indeed lost a gifted performer, scholar and entrepreneur.

Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014)

David Munrow Remembered / Re: The Art of Re-Enchantment...
« on: December 22, 2013, 09:40:10 AM »
The following reference may be of interest.

I must admit, my heart sank when I saw that it was from a book based on the doctoral thesis: Explaining labour market emergence: the case of early music performance in the UK, but it's a fascinating read, with real insight into the murky world of professional musicians.


The following gives us a clear idea of how much of Munrows arrangement of the later Renaissance Bands record was influenced by NY Pro Musica headed by Greenberg

Nice find!

Is it just me, or do these early recordings have more 'character' than today's rather clinical perfect renditions?

David Munrow Remembered / Re: James Bowman on Desert Island Discs
« on: August 07, 2012, 09:39:50 AM »

I have not listened to the following link. I do not know whether there is any reference  to DM, or not. Anyway, the link maybe of interest.

Just like Chris Hogwood's mentioned interview elsewhere, merely the briefest of mentions of Munrow, as a colleague. James goes on to describe his loss of voice/confidence over a period of four years, as a result of the strain of overwork and the shock of Munrow's suicide.

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