Francis Monkman

born on 9/6/1949 in Hampstead, London, England, United Kingdom

Francis Monkman

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Francis Monkman

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 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 played Minimoog and harpsichord on Elton John's second album Elton John in 1970; he also 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)

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 (referred to as "the old axe") on his composition "FIFO", alongside John Williams and Kevin Peek.

  • 1977-1978: (tour with The Shadows)

External links

  • Francis Monkman's website
  • 2006 Interview
  • Francis Monkman on the Curved Air website
  • Biographical information on the Sky website


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