MSV 28519 White Dawn
John Turner was Senior Scholar in Law at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge before pursuing a legal career, acting for many distinguished musicians and musical organisations, alongside his many musical activities. These included numerous appearances with David Munrow's pioneering Early Music Consort of London. He now devotes his time to playing, writing, reviewing, publishing, composing and "generally energising". He has played and broadcast as recorder soloist with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Academy of Ancient Music, the English Chamber Orchestra and the English Baroque Soloists, amongst other leading chamber orchestras. His recordings include no less that five sets of the Brandenburg Concertos, but lately he has concentrated on contemporary music - recent CDs include music of Alan Rawsthorne, Richard Arnell, David Lumsdaine, Anthony Gilbert and George Nicholson.
In the last years of the 20th century he played in Germany, Switzerland, Poland, France, New Zealand and the USA, and given several recitals on BBC Radio 3 with pianist Peter Lawson. In all he has given first performances of some 300 works for the recorder, many of which have now entered the standard repertoire. His own recorder compositions are regularly set for festivals and examinations.
sketch of John Turner by Julie CarpenterA poem by Antony Hopkins for John Turner's 70th birthday:
When John was born long years ago
How on earth could people know
That untimately he's become
Recorderist , surpassed by none?
Looking back upon his life,
Assisted by a loving wife,
He'll feel, I'm sure, that it's been good
And things have worked out as they should.
Now is certainly the time To celebrate his life in rhyme.
John Turner, you can truly boast
That you've achieved far more than most.
(From the composer most indebted to you for your tireless efforts on his behalf - Antony Hopkins)