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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    The Decca Sound - Highlights [5-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001620002 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Béla Bartók,  Benjamin Britten,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Franco Capuana,  István Kertész,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir  ... 
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    The Decca Sound [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001619902 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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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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    Bach: 4 Orchestral Suites, Etc / Pickett, New London Consort
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 452000 Release Date: 06/27/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Lisa Beznosiuk
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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    Bishop: 19 Songs / Pickett, Musicians Of The Globe
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470381 Release Date: 12/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Bishop
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
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    Praetorius: Nativitas / Philip Pickett, New London Consort
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458025 Release Date: 08/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Walter,  Hans Leo Hassler,  Johann Hermann Schein  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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    Purcell's Shakespeare / Pickett, Musicians Of The Globe
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446218 Release Date: 08/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Meredith Hall,  Libby Crabtree,  Christopher Robson,  Roderick Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
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    Visitatio / Philip Pickett, New London Consort
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 455489 Release Date: 05/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous
    Performer:  Julia Gooding,  Catherine Bott,  Elisabeth Scholl,  Andrew King  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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    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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    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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    Blow: Venus & Adonis
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 4780019 Release Date: 04/07/2008  
    Composer:  John Blow
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Libby Crabtree,  Michael George
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort Orchestra,  Westminster Abbey School Choristers Choir
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    Blow: Venus And Adonis, Organ Voluntaries / Pickett, Leonhardt
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473713 Release Date: 02/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Blow
    Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Libby Crabtree,  Michael George,  Catherine Bott
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir,  New London Consort Orchestra
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    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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    Biber: Requiem In F Minor / Pickett, New London Consort
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 436460 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Ignaz Biber
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Tessa Bonner,  Christopher Robson,  John Mark Ainsley  ... 
    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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    Pilgrimage To Santiago / Pickett, New London Consort
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 4759103 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Martin Codax,  Anonymous,  Alfons X (El Sabio)
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Simon Grant,  Stephen Charlesworth,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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  • 18.
    Virtuoso Italian Vocal Music / Bott, Pickett, New London Consort
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 001002602 Release Date: 10/09/2007  
    Composer:  Cypriano de Rore
    Performer:  Catherine Bott
    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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  • 20.
    Libre Vermell - Pilgrim Songs & Dances / Pickett, New London
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 433186 Release Date: 08/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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    The Sylvan And Oceanic Delights Of Posilipo / Philip Pickett
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 425610 Release Date: 05/07/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Andrew King,  John Mark Ainsley,  Patrizia Kwella
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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  • 22.
    Songs Of Angels - De Coincy / Pickett, New London Consort
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460794 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gautier de Coincy
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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    Gabrieli In Venice / London Brass
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 40823 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Lodovico da Viadana,  Biagio Marini,  Andrea Gabrieli  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
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    Vivaldi: Gloria, Etc / Pickett, Bott, Robson, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458837 Release Date: 04/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Simon Grant,  Andrew King,  Catherine Bott,  Christopher Robson  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort Chorus,  New London Consort
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    Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Pickett, Bott, King, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458838 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Andrew King,  Paul Agnew,  Michael Chance,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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