Christopher Hogwood CBE was a world-renowned conductor, keyboard player, musicologist, writer, editor and broadcaster. As well as being the Gresham Professor of Music between 2010 and 2014, he was the founding director of the Academy of Ancient Music for over thirty years, before holding positions at the Royal Academy of Music, the University of Cambridge and Cornell University.
Born in Nottingham in 1941, Christopher Hogwood studied at the University of Cambridge, before pursuing keyboard studies with Rafael Puyana in Spain and subsequently with Zuzana Ruzickova in Prague and Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam. Whilst keyboardist with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Hogwood founded the Early Music Consort with David Munrow in 1965 and the Academy of Ancient Music in 1973, institutions set up to promote the performance of baroque and early classical music on period instruments. Director of the AAM until 2006, he produced more than 200 recordings for Decca and revolutionized the way music is performed, recorded and heard. Equally at home in the neo-baroque and neo-classical repertoire, Hogwood regularly conducted leading opera companies and major symphony orchestras around the world. He was awarded the Martinu Medal in Prague in 1999.
A celebrated keyboardist and important collector of historical instruments, Hogwood made numerous solo recordings on harpsichord did much to promote the clavichord. His Secret Handel, part of The Secret Clavichord series of CDs, was awarded a Diapason d'Or in January 2007. Also a noted musicologist, Hogwood edited music from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, including work by John Dowland, Felix Mendelssohn, Edward Elgar and Igor Stravinsky. He was chairman of the advisory board overseeing the new edition of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: The Complete Works. He also wrote on Handel, Haydn and Mozart and his final major work was Handel: Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks. His work on Handel - editing, performance, recording and writing - brought him numerous awards, including the Halle Handel Prize 2008.
Appointed Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1982 and Commander of the British Empire in 1989, Professor Hogwood's final positions were as Honorary Professor of Music at the University of Cambridge, Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University (USA), and Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He holds Fellowships at Jesus and Pembroke Colleges, Cambridge and also as a member of the Senior Common Room at Lowell House, Harvard University. He received an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Cambridge in 2008.
Professor Hogwood was the Gresham College Professor of Music between 2010 and 2014. His series of lectures were: Aspects of Authenticity (2010-11), The Making of a Masterpiece (2011-12), European Capitals of Music (2012-13) and Music in Context (2013-14).
All of his lectures can be accessed here.
Professor Hogwood was unable to deliver all of his lectures in his final series due to illness and it was with great sadness that the College learnt of his passing away in September 2014.
Notus Winds comprises five London-based musicians each holding full scholarships to the Royal Academy of Music. Finalists of the Royal Overseas League Chamber Music Competition 2013, they were the winners of the Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Music as a result of their performance throughout the competition. They also won the Nicholas Blake Ensemble prize at the Royal Academy, and were successful in competing to go to São Paulo, Brazil, for the Festival de Inverno in July. Most recently, they were the winners of the Royal Academy's most prestigious competition, the Patrons Award, and now look forward to performing at the Wigmore Hall in June 2014.
Whilst the group was formed in 2011, members have been playing with each other in various ensembles for several years. Before joining the Royal Academy, four members of Notus attended specialist music establishments, including Chethams School of Music, The Purcell School and the Junior Departments of the Royal Academy and the Royal College of Music. Three were appointed section principals in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, whilst a fourth led the bassoons in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.
Members of the quintet have trained on the prestigious LSO Academies and with the Britten-Pears Orchestra, and have worked professionally with orchestras and ensembles including the Gabrieli Consort, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Winds and the London Sinfonietta.
Members of the group are developing successful individual careers, with solo performances at venues including the Barbican, the Wigmore Hall, the Cadogan Hall, and the Royal Albert Hall, and have appeared as concerto soloists with, amongst others, the National Symphony Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Cardiff Sinfonietta and the London Mozart Players, as well as the bassoonist and oboist performing alongside Maxim Vengerov in Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante at the Royal Academy.
Whilst the quintet has mastered a wide range of repertoire, from earlier to 20th century music, a particular love is the works of French composers, including Ibert, Poulenc and Francaix. Over the last few months, the group has developed a passion for newer music, and is now very keen to promote the less well-known wind repertoire. They recently recorded and premiered their first commission, "Crystal Eyes", by Bristol-based composer, Jonathan Palmer.
Notus has been coached extensively by Keith Bragg, a founder member of the highly regarded Elysian Wind Quintet, alongside others including John Orford, Angela Malsbury, Michael Thompson, and the distinguished conductor and composer, Elgar Howarth.