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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

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.

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)

To get the Forum ball rolling I thought I would ask for your views on favourite Munrow recordings.

I find it impossible to state just one LP so must instead list several, including:

1. Music of the Gothic Era. Such drive and presence!
2. Renaissance Suite. Was there ever a better introduction to Munrow's vast talents than this film soundtrack to La Course en Tete?
3. Greensleeves to a Ground. For me, the perfect embodiment of the English style of recorder playing - a cool, understated purity that works epecially well on pieces like Suite for Pipes by Vaughan Williams.
4. Late 14th Century Avant Garde. Astonishingly sophisticated music. Intellectually satisfying, yet clearly inpired by love, courtly or otherwise. The poetry matches the music - how often can you say that about songs?

Other highlights include Innsbruck Ich Much Lassen from The Triumphs of Maximilian. I also love everything about The Art of the Recorder, and especially Britten's Scherzo, but that's enough from me, over to you with your thoughts...


General Discussion / Plea for recordings of Munrow on TV...
« on: April 22, 2007, 05:57:23 PM »
Have you video footage of David Munrow on TV? I would like to create an archive of it in a variety of modern digital formats, which would be available to researchers and anyone else interested. If you would be prepared to allow archiving of such material by sending it to me I can promise it would be sent back by return post, well-packed and insured, and with a back-up for your library.

I'm aware of several films including:

1. Early Musical Instruments - 6x30 minute programmes for Granada TV.
2. Ancestral Voices - for BBC2.
3. David Munrow BBC TV tribute, introduced by Bernard Levin.
4. Open University programmes.

I should add that I have been involved in many museum archive digitisation projects north of the border, including SCRAN and SSDN. Feel free to contact me if you can help. David Griffith (Administrator)

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