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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 Kenneth Monkman, an authority on the writer Laurence Sterne, and of Vita née Duncombe Mann.
|Birth name||Anthony Francis Keigwin Monkman|
|Born||9 June 1949|
Hampstead, North London, England
|Genres||Progressive rock, classical music|
|Occupation(s)||Songwriter, musician, film score composer|
|Associated acts||Curved Air, Sky, 801, Al Stewart, Renaissance, The Shadows, Elton John.|
Monkman was a pupil at Westminster School where he studied organ and harpsichord, later studying at the Royal Academy 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) as well as Lynsey de Paul on her Surprise album 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 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. In 1981 a new album was released, Dweller on the Threshold, with Andy Latimer (guitar).
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)
- Energism (1980)
- The Long Good Friday Soundtrack (1981)
- Dweller on the Threshold (1981)
- 21st Century Blues (2001)
- Jam (2003)
- A Harpsichord Sampler (2003)