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     Hickox, Richard Sidney (5th March 1948-Present)

    He is an orchestral, operatic and choral conductor born in Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire, England.  After attending grammar school he took musical studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London before going to Queen's College, Cambridge, as an organ scholar.  In 1971, when he was just starting out on his career when he was 23, he founded the Richard Hickox Singers and Orchestra and the City of London Sinfonia.  Within just a few years the Sinfonia had received recognition and since then, with him still at the helm as their music director, they tour overseas annually and perform over 100 concerts per year.  In 1982 he became the Artistic Director for the Northern Sinfonia and stayed with them until 1990, and from 1985 he has been the Associate Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.  In 1990 he was a co-founder, with Simon Standage, of the Collegium Standage 90.  Among his other duties he is the Chief Conductor for the London Symphony Chorus, and with them he directed the premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies' The Three Kings, he was the Music Director of the Spoleto Festival in Italy, the Music Director of Opera Australia, the Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, where he is now Conductor Emeritus, and he is President of The Elgar Society.  Having made many recordings, he won a Grammy Award in 1997 for Best Opera Recording with Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes and Gramophone Record of the Year and Best Orchestral Disc in 2001 with Ralph Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 2.  In 2002 Queen Elizabeth II honoured him by making him a Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

     

    City of London Sinfonia recordings

     

    William Alwyn

    Autumn Legend for English Horn and String Orchestra

    Chandos 9065 (CD: Alwyn: Lyra Angelica, Autumn Legend etc)

    Conductor - Richard Hickox

    English Horn - Nicholas Daniel 

     

    Lyra Angelica  Concert for Harp and Orchestra

    Chandos 9065

    Conductor - Richard Hickox

    Harp - Rachel Masters 

     

    Pastoral Fantasia for Viola and String Orchestra

    Chandos 9065

    Conductor - Richard Hickox

    Viola - Steven Tees

     

    London Symphony Orchestra recordings

     

    William Alwyn

    Symphony No. 5 - "Hydriotaphia"

    Chandos CHAN 9196

    Conductor - Richard Hickox

     

    Sources:

    1. http://www.cityoflondonsinfonia.co.uk/about/biography.php?recno=2
    2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Hickox
    3. http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Bio/Hickox-Richard.htm

     

    Here he is conducting the BBC National Orchestra of Wales while Karita Mattila sings Rusalka's "Song to the Moon"....

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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