"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. This is a tribute blog to a renowned broadcaster and musician. It consists of relevant articles from the internet plus some original, and formerly unpublished material.
A Musical Fest in St. Albans, 1971
Reference is made to Munrow, and his wife Gillian. Both used to live in St Albans for quite a long time before ultimately going to Chesham Bois, Bucks.
Source reference Organ Festival. com/Archives/ St Albans
6 IOF 28 June - 3 July 1971. Artistic th th rd Director: Peter Hurford.
Jurors: Marie-Claire Alain (France), Ralph Downes UK), Geraint Jones (UK), Bernard Lagacé
The last minute indisposition of Jury members Anton Heiller and Piet Kee resulted in many
phone calls "all over Europe" to fill the gaps. Richard Arnell and André Isoir were able to
contribute instead, concerts and themes were re-arranged, and Peter Hurford took the
Improvisation master-class himself. John Birch was also unable to come as planned.
20 competitors came from Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK and
Interpretation 1st prize £100, a BBC recital and a concert at the Royal Festival Hall. 2nd
prize £50. Inauguration of the Audience prize: at the Interpretation Finals, audience
members were invited to make their own judgement as to the merits of the performers by
indicating on a form provided. The competitor receiving the most votes won a special prize
of £20, donated anonymously. The audience was given the competitors' names, but not the
Interpretation prize: Larry Cortner (USA)
2nd prize & Audience prize: Helène Dugal (Canada)
Improvisation 1st prize £75, donated by St Albans City Council. 2nd prize £40.
Improvisation prize: Hans Eugen Frischknecht (Switzerland)
Artists appearing: Montserrat Alavedra, John Birch, Virginia Black, James Bowman, Oliver
Brookes, John Dankworth, the Early Music Consort, Christopher Hogwood, André Isoir,
Geraint Jones Orchestra, David Munrow, James Tyler.
One concert combined the playing of André Isoir with John Dankworth in works varying
from C16th to 1971.
Recitals: Gustav Leonhardt, Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, Ralph Downes.
Lectures: 'Renaissance woodwind instruments' by David Munrow with Gillian Reid.
'Authenticity - myth or bust?' by Ivor Keys. 'Developments in Organ Design since 1965' by
Josef von Glatter-Goetz', 'The organ in architecture' with Michael Gillingham and Peter
Organ Exhibition: Ten organs were on display from nine builders. When the exhibition
began in 1967, building a small organ with mechanical action was a new idea to traditional
organ builders, but had now become widely accepted. This year builders were invited to
display instruments costing less than £2,000 - a price which many small churches might
afford, and a direct competition to electronic substitutes.
Visit: to the Royal National Rose Society, Gardens of the Rose, St Albans.
Other events: 'Ad s'hoc hour' - a very informal happening with the Queen of Sheba:
those taking part included Peter Hurford, John Birch, Jury members and some competitors.
Festival party devised by David Elliott, included a sketch with Rosalind Runcie, wife of the
Bishop of St Albans.
Cabaret: Julian Chagrin; Cleo Laine.
Madrigals sung by the Alban Singers in the School Amphitheatre.
The Festival was an outstanding success with a 50% increase in turnover since 1969.
The Festival programme cost 35p. and the IOF mailing list was now over 3,000.
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…
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
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 …