Francis Monkman

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Francis Monkman
Birth name Anthony Francis Keigwin Monkman
Born (1949-06-09) 9 June 1949 (age 68)
Origin Hampstead, North London
Genres Progressive rock, classical music
Occupation(s) Songwriter, musician, film score composer
Instruments Keyboards, guitar
Years active 1960s–present
Associated acts Curved Air, Sky, 801, Al Stewart, Renaissance, The Shadows, Elton John.

Francis Monkman (born 9 June 1949, in Hampstead, North London, England) is an English rock, classical and film score composer, and a founding member of both the progressive rock band Curved Air and the classical/rock fusion band Sky. He is the son of the late Kenneth Monkman, an authority on the writer Laurence Sterne, and of the late Vita née Duncombe Mann.


He was a pupil at Westminster School where he studied organ and harpsichord, later studying at the Royal College of Music, winning the Raymond Russell prize for virtuosity on the harpsichord and becoming a member of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

In the late 1960s, he founded the rock band Sisyphus, which evolved into the pioneering band Curved Air. He played on their first three albums, leaving after the release of Phantasmagoria (1972) and returning briefly for the tour which resulted in the release of the album Live (1975).

He contributed to the Renaissance album Prologue (1972), worked with Al Stewart including contributing to the album Past, Present and Future (1973) and toured with The Shadows on their 20 Golden Greats Tour (1977). Also in 1977, he collaborated with Phil Manzanera and Brian Eno on the project 801. In 1978, he played all keyboards on Brian Bennett's solo album Voyage.

In the late 1970s, he recorded music for television.

In 1978, together with guitarist and composer John Williams he founded the classical/rock music fusion band called Sky with whom he stayed until 1980.

In 1980, he resumed classical performances and recordings including the soundtrack to the British film, The Long Good Friday. The album Energism included the electronic "Achievements of Man", from which extracts were used as the theme to the BBC programme Think Again.[1] He also composed the piece "Current Affairs", used by Channel 4 as the introduction to their "Engineering Announcements" segment, provided by the IBA.[2]

Instruments (career)[edit]

Francis Monkman played guitar as well as keyboards in Curved Air, switching between them when playing live. According to the sleeve notes for the second Sky album, Sky 2 he also played additional guitar parts on his composition "FIFO", alongside John Williams and Kevin Peek.

  • 1977-1978: (tour with The Shadows)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Think Again clip". Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Private Parts - Meldrum Home Page (MHP)". Retrieved 5 June 2011.