"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 It consists of relevant "articles" from the internet plus some original, and formerly unpublished material.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.
Student thesis : Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Philosophy/Blogger Ref http://www.youtube.Searle8 Edward George Breen Music This thesis focuses on the musical contribution of David Munrow and his Early Music Consort of London (EMC) to the so-called early music revival of the 1960s and 1970s. By exploring the notion of shared cultural space in performances of medieval music by leading ensembles of the time, this thesis seeks to isolate aspects of performance practice unique to the EMC. An assessment of literary sources documenting the early music revival reveals clear nodes of discussion around Munrow’s methods of presenting early music in concert performance which are frequently classified as ‘showmanship’ with a focus on more scholarly performance practice decisions only evident in the post-Munrow period. Close readings of these sources are undertaken which are, in turn, weighed against Munrow’s early biography to map out the web of influences contributing t
Thursday, January 15, 2009 If you have never seen the magnificent 1974 sci-fi/fantasy classic "Zardoz", for God's sake drop whatever you're doing and get thee to the nearest video store (or computer, if your a Netflix-er) and rent this shit! John Boorman (who also directed the classics "Excalibur" and "Deliverance") really hit a home run here, bringing us not only a giant floating head, post-apocalyptic barbarians, and a telepathic secret society living on a creepy commune, but the image of Sean Connery in a diaper (see example above). I'm trying to think of a sci-fi movie from the 70's that I dig more than "Zardoz", but so far I've got nothing. David Munrow's psychedelic soundtrack is a perfect fit for this hippie-dippy tale of futuristic intrigue, and although there is no official release of this score, I found a sweet bootleg on the good ol' internet, recorded straight from the film with dialogue and soun