Remembering Richard Campbell



I can’t claim to have known Richard Campbell personally, and aside from having met him briefly following a workshop we were both a part of, he was just someone I regularly saw performing on the most important London stages during my student days.

And yet he wasn’t just someone, but a mover and shaker in the London scene, a figure closely associated with the viola da gamba (as well as the baroque cello and lirone) and the ensemble Fretwork.

The Guardian published an arresting obituary of a musician you may not know, but have certainly heard play even if you think you haven’t.

He featured in 31 recorded albums, on Virgin Classics and Harmonia Mundi, as well as on film soundtracks including Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) – Richard’s constant companions – and The Da Vinci Code (2006). [Fretwork] won two major recording prizes: a French grand prix du disque for their recording Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares, of music by John Dowland, in 1979, and a Gramophone award in 2009 for Purcell: Complete Fantazias. Their tours, including several to Japan and one, in 1989, to Russia when it was still part of the Soviet Union, helped spread Fretwork’s reputation all over the globe.

Read more: Richard Campbell obituary by Ardal Powell (Guardian)

[Update 3/16/2011]

And more: Richard Campbell (Telegraph) — includes a lovely story of how Fretwork came to be formed.

Richard Campbell (photo: Chris Dawes)

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