David Munrow did not just emerge into the field of medieval and renaissance music......he exploded into it. He established a standard that can now never be ignored, and the stimulating shock-waves from his explosion will carry far into the future......
~Sir Anthony Lewis, 1976 ~
Anthems in Eden
One of the unimpeachable gems of the late-'60s English folk scene, Shirley & Dolly Collins' Anthems in Eden grew out of the sisters' love of David Munrow's Musica Reservata, an ensemble that combined medieval and "early" instrumentation with music of more or less similar vintage -- an obvious notion if one thinks about it, but one that had been very much snowballed beneath the similarly contemporary obsession with electrifying those same songs for the modern rock idiom. Building upon that concept, the pair zeroed in on songs that dealt with one specific place and time -- that is, England during and immediately after World War I. As Anthems Before the Fall, the song cycle was originally recorded for BBC Radio's My Kind of Folk in August 1968; a year later, and with that initial 28-minute vision appended by a handful of songs drawn from elsewhere within the Collins' repertoire, Anthems in Eden was re-recorded for Harvest Records, an early indication of that label's own brief effort to investigate British progressive music in all its strains and varieties. Shirley Collins herself today regards the second side of the album, the unrelated folk songs, with some unease -- they do not fit with the concept, and detract from it somewhat. The side-long "A Song-Story Medley," however, is peerless, as Munrow's so-called "natural orchestra" of crumhorns, sackbuts, cornetts, and rackets traces a landscape where "the maypole, which [was] once the centre of so many village greens, was replaced by the memorial stone." It is a haunting piece of music, the instrumentation delightfully understated, at the same time appearing to emphasize all the emotion, heartbreak, and hope that Shirley Collins' own lovely voice conveys. Her version of the oft-recorded "Our Captain Cried," midway through the cycle, is certainly all but definitive, while the "random selection of material" that makes up the second half of the album also boasts its fair share of beauties -- a stunning take on the Incredible String Band's "God Dog" included. ~ Dave Thompson, All Music Guide
By Phil Hebblethwaite Monday 28th November 2016/BBC Radio 3 As Radio 3 re-run episodes of their landmark 1970s music series for children, Pied Piper, we remember its presenter - early music specialist David Munrow
What's the best way to inspire children to take an interest in music, and is there any value in doing so? If there is, what kind of music is best?
Those kinds of questions have dogged parents and scientists for decades, each new study providing different answers. Does listening to Mozart really boost your brainpower? asked BBC Future in 2013 in response to a widely misunderstood report from 1993, which didn't actually declare that there was a "Mozart effect" - the idea that infants will become cleverer if they're exposed to classical music. In fact, just about any kind of music is good for children of all ages to listen to, and a much broader 2006 study suggested pop (Blur!) was just as effecti…
The following is taken from an article on the internet. It is largely an interview with Ken Barnes, and the Roundtable. Clear references are made to Munrow...
There is also reference to Arthur Johnson who was the producer of Pied Piper
The Roundtable - Ken Barnes Interview
For our latest Licorice Soul release in conjunction with www.blaxploitation.com , we are proud to present something a little off the beaten track; LSD004 features a re-working of Laura Nyro's 'Eli's Comin' and the Ken Moule original 'Saturday Gigue', a sprightly pair of tracks extracted from the extremely curious and increasingly difficult to locate 'Spinning Wheel' album by a mysterious group of musicians named The Roundtable. It's a faultlessly charming blend of funky brass, Hammond and rhythm twinned with the unlikely bedfellow of medieval instrumentation supplied by David Munrow and Christopher Hogwood. These two fellows earned much …
I have been having a look on the Genome site on the BBC which lists past programmes of all kinds. As my search words I have used Noah Greenberg, and Michael Morrow. Both these chaps were great pioneers in the propogation of Early Music to the public. However, David Munrow seems to have won hands down.....as the amount of public recordings completely outstrips them...
It should be stressed though that in the case of Noah Greenberg who mainly worked in the US that there may be more substantial listings of his public recording productions at specific American media outlets of the 1950s, and early 1960s.
PS Also, Thomas Binkley has only two pages on the BBC Genome. This is revealed in the following link