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Philip Pickett

Biography

Born: November 17, 1950; London, England  
Philip Pickett is one of the leading ensemble directors in the London early music movement, and is also a highly regarded virtuoso player of the recorder. He became interested in early music while still in his teens through contact with two of the leaders of a generation of "period instrument" musicians, David Munrow and Anthony Baines. Pickett learned to play a variety of Baroque and earlier wind instruments, including the recorder, crumhorn, Read more racket, and shawm.

He became noted as a player before he turned 20. At the age of 21 he became Professor of Recorder in 1972 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, as post he retained for 25 years. Throughout the '70s he had continuing and growing success as a solo and ensemble early wind instruments player, in the meantime developing his scholarly interests and skills.

He began forming his own ensembles and in 1981 founded the New London Consort, which soon became known for its razor-sharp musical execution and its performances that were informed not only as regards performance practice, interpretation, and embellishment, but the political, cultural, and educational context of the eras relating to the music on their programs. Pickett's point of view tends towards the freer side of Early Music interpretation. That is, from what is definitely known about performances in a given repertory, he and his ensembles make what they consider reasonable extrapolations so long as they are not contradicted by what is known. (Another school of early music performance confines itself to doing what is known to have been done during the era.) Pickett, therefore, organizes performances that tend to be colorful in instrumentation, ornamentation; use period percussion, speculating for some rhythmic decisions; and be lively, often improvisatory, in performance.

Another characteristic of Pickett's ensembles stems from his recognition of the primacy of the voice during most of the eras in his area of expertise. Accordingly, he maintains close relationships with a core group of singers who often perform in his concerts, artists including Catherine Bott, Michael George, Andrew King, Tessa Bonner, Belinda Sykes, Olive Simpson, Simon Grant, and many others.

In the 1980s Pickett had particular success in the City of London Festival and in 1988 was appointed artistic director of the South Bank Summerscope Festival of Medieval and Renaissance Music. In 1994 he became the director of Musicians of the Globe, the resident music organization of London's reconstructed Globe Theatre.

Pickett has made numerous recordings on the Decca/L'oiseau-Lyre and Linn labels both as a soloist and a leader of ensembles. These include a widely praised set of interpretations of the famous Carmina Burana medieval manuscripts, theatrical CDs such as Monteverdi's Orfeo and Blow's Venus and Adonis, music related to Shakespeare, Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, Elizabethan and Jacobean music, Biber's Requiem, and numerous other works mostly of the Medieval, Renaissance, and early Baroque eras. Read less
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  • 1.
    L'Oiseau-Lyre - The Baroque Era
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002072902 Release Date: 06/17/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  William Boyce,  John Blow,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Libby Crabtree,  Michael George,  Emma Kirkby  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Philip Pickett,  Joshua Rifkin,  Christophe Rousset  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Westminster Abbey School Choristers Choir,  New London Consort Orchestra  ... 
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    Bach Masterworks - The Original Jackets Collection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001929902 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hertha Töpper,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Maria Stader,  Ernst Haefliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Rainer Kussmaul,  Reinhard Goebel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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    Handel: Chamber Music / L'ecole D'orphée
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1294 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Stephen Preston,  Philip Pickett,  John Holloway,  David Reichenberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Ecole d'Orphée
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    Vivaldi Masterworks [28 Disc Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001599302 Release Date: 09/20/2011   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Rohan de Saram,  Franco Gulli,  Salvatore Accardo,  Bruno Canino  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Philip Pickett,  Simon Preston,  Paul Dyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  I Musici,  New London Consort  ... 
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    Essential Brass
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94896 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  George Frideric Handel,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  John Wilbraham,  Maurice André,  Angela East,  Crispian Steele-Perkins  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Richard Hickox,  Alison Balsom  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
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    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, Orchestral Suites, Concertos / Pinnock [8-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001538502 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Lisa Beznosiuk,  Simon Standage,  Rachel Beckett  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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    Essential Bach
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95424 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Philip Pickett,  Catherine Latham,  Iona Brown,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Wolfgang Gönnenwein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Essential Baroque
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95429 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Pachelbel,  George Frideric Handel,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Gerald Finley,  George Malcolm,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Stephen Cleobury,  Yehudi Menuhin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Lysy,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Early Music Consort of London  ... 
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  • 9.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos / Pickett, New London Consort
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 440675 Release Date: 03/17/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  David Roblou,  Daniel Yeadon,  David Watkin,  Richard Tunnicliffe  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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    Biber: Requiem; Schmelzer / Pickett, New London Consort
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458081 Release Date: 03/17/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber
    Performer:  Philip Pickett,  Michael George,  Catherine Bott,  Tessa Bonner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort Orchestra
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    Vivaldi - Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001212502 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Igor Kipnis,  Konstanty Andrzej Kulka,  Eduardo Fernandez,  Tom Finucane  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger,  George Malcolm,  Philip Pickett,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  New London Consort  ... 
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    Music For Tudor Kings From The Time Of Henry Vii & Henry Viii
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1015 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Thomas Phelyppis,  King VIII Henry,  Robert Fayrfax
    Performer:  Paul Nieman,  Philip Pickett,  Errol Girdlestone,  Paul Hillier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble,  New London Consort members
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  • 13.
    Praetorius: Dances From Terpsichore / Philip Pickett, Et Al
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 001047502 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius
    Performer:  Kenneth Hamilton,  Stephen Saunders,  Paul Nieman,  Richard Cheetham  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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    Trumpet Music By Biber And Schmelzer / Pickett
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 425834 Release Date: 10/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber
    Performer:  Stephen Keavy,  Andrew Manze,  Julia Hodgson,  Pavlo Beznosiuk  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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    Telemann: Suite In A Minor, Recorder Concerto In C, Etc
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 433043 Release Date: 08/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Philip Pickett,  Mark Levy
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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    The Best Baroque Album In The World...ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54468 Release Date: 04/04/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  George Malcolm,  Wayne Marshall,  Anthony Bailes,  Bob van Asperen  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Sir Philip Ledger,  Wolfgang Gönnenwein,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Menuhin Festival Orchestra,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble  ... 
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    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos No 1-4 / Marriner, ASMF
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 85792 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  George Malcolm,  Catherine Latham,  Iona Brown,  John Constable  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 18.
    Trio - Bach: Complete Harpsichord Concertos / Pinnock, Et Al
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 471754 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Kenneth Gilbert,  Lars Ulrik Mortensen,  Nicholas Kraemer  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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    Blue - Bach: Brandenburg Concertos 1-3, Etc / Pinnock, Et Al
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 471720 Release Date: 08/01/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Amanda Macnamara,  Richard Webb,  Jennifer Ward-Clarke,  Elizabeth Wilcock  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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    Vivaldi: Concertos / Trevor Pinnock, English Concert
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 471317 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jane Coe,  Lisa Beznosiuk,  Simon Standage,  Micaela Comberti  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 21.
    Bach: Concertos / Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 463725 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Simon Standage,  Lisa Beznosiuk,  Rachel Beckett  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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    Vivaldi: Four Seasons, Etc / Pinnock, Standage, Et Al
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469220 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jakob Lindberg,  Nigel North,  James Tyler,  Philip Pickett  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 23.
    Vivaldi: Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460950 Release Date: 06/15/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Anner Bylsma,  Anthony Pleeth,  Michel Piguet,  Monica Huggett  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Philip Pickett,  Karl Münchinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  New London Consort  ... 
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  • 24.
    Ars Subitlior / Pickett, New London Consort
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 39 Release Date: 02/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Magister Grimace,  Borlet (Trebol),  Ivrea Codex Anonymous,  Jehan Vaillant  ... 
    Performer:  Philip Pickett,  Pavlo Beznosiuk,  Catherine Bott,  Jacob Heringman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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  • 25.
    Vivaldi: Concerto For 2 Mandolins, Etc / Pickett, Hogwood
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 455703 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Monica Huggett,  Susan Sheppard,  Elizabeth Wilcock,  Catherine Mackintosh  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Joshua Rifkin,  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Bach Ensemble,  New London Consort
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