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Richard Hickox


Richard Hickox was probably one of the most energetic and well-known conductors in Britain, with a solid international reputation, specifically for performing music of his indigenous country. He started conducting at age 16 and, after research in the Royal University of Music and Queen’s University, where he was an body organ scholar, he founded the town of London Sinfonia in 1971, which he continued to be musical movie director until his loss of life. In 1972 he became organist and grasp of music at St. Margaret’s Chapel, Westminster, remaining for the reason that placement until 1982. In 1977 he was appointed conductor from the London Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and in 1982 became the music movie director from the North Sinfonia in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He’s acknowledged with re-establishing that orchestra as an ensemble of stature, verified by a extremely effective tour of america and a total Beethoven symphony documenting routine for the ASV label. He was associate conductor from the NORTH PARK Symphony Orchestra from 1982 to 1985, and got the same name on the London Symphony Orchestra in 1985. He distributed leadership responsibilities with Simon Standage for Collegium Musicum 90, a period-instrument group both founded. All of this activity produced Hickox an extremely familiar face for the United kingdom music scene. Along with his different choral and orchestral ensembles he often appeared on the main British music celebrations with the BBC Proms Concerts. He participated in a number of notable special tasks, including a BBC video creation of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and an appearance within the Istanbul Celebration leading a creation of Mozart’s The Abduction through the Seraglio in the real sultans’ seraglio within the Topkapi Museum. He also supplied music to get a Ken Russell film for the BBC for the wives of great composers. Within the 1990s he elevated his participation with opera, leading brand-new productions of Handel’s Julius Caesar in Berlin, Walton’s Troilus and Cressida within a live BBC broadcast of the Opera North creation, and Vaughan Williams’ Pilgrim’s Improvement on the Royal Opera Home, Covent Backyard. He executed a televised creation of Britten’s Switch of the Screw for the BBC in 2004. He visitor conducted all over the world, including regular appearances using the LA Opera and the brand new Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo. He produced over 300 recordings and earned numerous honours, including a Gramophon Prize in 1992 for his accounts of Britten’s Battle Requiem, and three Gramophone Honours, a Diapason d’Or, the Deutsche Schalplattenpreis, along with a Grammy for his documenting of Britten’s Peter Grimes in 1995 for the Chandos label, essentially the most honored traditional documenting from the last one fourth from the twentieth hundred years. His recordings made an appearance for the ASV, Argo, EMI, and Virgin brands, and in the first ’90s he previously been a special Chandos artist. Even more documenting awards had been received in 2001 and 2006 for the music of Vaughan Williams and Stanford, respectively. In 2005, he was appointed movie director from the Opera Australia. Hickox passed away of a coronary attack following a documenting program in Wales in November 2008.

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Full Name Richard Hickox
Died November 23, 2008, Swansea, United Kingdom
Profession Music Director
Education Queens' College, Cambridge, Royal Academy of Music
Nationality English
Spouse Julia Margaret Smith
Children Tom Hickox, Adam Hickox, Abigail Hickox
Awards Gramophone Award, Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording, Evening Standard Opera Award, Classic Brit Award for Ensemble/Orchestral Album of the Year
Albums Hickox Conducts Vaughan Williams (Northern Sinfonia of England feat. conductor Richard Hickox), Handel: Alcina, Billy Budd (London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and Tiffin Boys' Choir feat. conductor: Richard Hickox), A London Symphony, Dido and Aeneas, The Pilgrim's Progress, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lyra Angelica / Autumn Legend / Pastoral Fantasia / Tragic Interlude, Britten: Peter Grimes, Vaughan Williams: Riders To the Sea / Household Music / Flos Campi, Carmina Burana, War Requiem / Sinfonia da Requiem / Ballad of Heroes, A Mass of Life / Requiem, Fauré: Requiem / Bernstein: Chichester Psalms, The Consul, Works for Chorus and Orchestra, Orchestral Works, Vol.1, The Planets, Symphony in G, Invocation, Delius Miniatures, Orchestral Works, Volume 2, Schubert: Mass in E Flat Major, D. 950, Orchestral Works, Volume 1, Barry Guy: After the Rain, Triple Concerto; Concerto for Orchestra (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor Richard Hickox), Clarinet Concerto / Flute & Harp Concerto, Britten / Veale: Violin Concertos, Rusalka, Ireland: Orchestral Works, St. Paul’s Suite / Brook Green Suite / Double Concerto / A Fugal Concerto / Lyric Movement / Two Songs Without Words, Missa in angustiis 'Nelsonmesse' (Hickox, City of London Sinfonietta, London Symphony Chorus), Delius: Orchestral Works, MAHLER, G.: Das klagende lied, Mozart: Requiem, Haydn: Nelson Mass, Oboe Concerto/Three Concerti Grossi, Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings etc., The Grainger Edition, Volume 3: Works for Chorus and Orchestra, La Flûte enchantée: French pieces for flute and orchestra, Orchestral Works, Volume 6: A Royal Night of Variety / The Pageant of London / Berceuse / Chant d'espérance / Serenade / Orchestral Songs, Intimations of Immortality / Grand Fantasia & Toccata, Walton: Symphony No. 1; Violin Concerto In B Minor, Große Orgelmesse / Missa Cellensis (no. 2), Arnold, M.: Film Music, Vol. 1, Holst: Planets, Symphony no. 5 / Symphony no. 8 / Ode to the Queen, Orchestral Works, Volume 1: Isabella / Enter Spring / Mid of the Night / Two Poems for Orchestra, Arias, Orchestral Works, Volume 4: A Prayer / Oration / Rebus / Lament / Allegro moderato, The Dancers / Harp Song of the Dane Women / Mariners' Song / Ave maris stella / Six Gerard Manley Hopkins Poems
Nominations Classic Brit Critics Award, Classic Brit Award for Male Artist of the Year

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1 Artistic Director, Wooburn Festival 1967-1989; Music Director, City of London Sinfonia 1971-2008; Music Director, City of London Sinfonia Singers (formerly Richard Hickox Singers) 1971-2008; Organist and Master of the Music, St Margaret's, Westminster 1972-1982; Artistic Director, St Endellion Festival 1974-2008; Music Director, London Symphony Chorus 1976-2008; Artistic Director, Christ Church Spitalfields Festival 1978-1994; Music Director, Bradford Festival Choral Society 1978-1998; Principal Guest Conductor, Dutch Radio Orchestra 1980-1984; Artistic Director, Truro Festival 1981-2008; Artistic Director, Northern Sinfonia 1982-1990 (Conductor Emeritus 1996); Associate Conductor, San Diego Symphony Orchestra 1983-1984; Artistic Director, Chester Summer Festival 1989-2008; Artistic Director, City of London Festival 1994; Associate Conductor, London Symphony Orchestra 1985-2008; Principal Conductor, BBC National Orchestra of Wales 2000-2006 (Conductor Emeritus); CBE 2002; Music Director, Opera Australia 2005-2008.
2 He was a major British conductor who made over 300 recordings and received five Gramophone Awards.
3 In 2002, he was awarded a CBE for his contributions to British music.
4 He founded and directed the City of London Sinfonia. He also had a long connection with the Royal Opera in Covent Garden.
5 His repertoire was varied, but he was known as a champion of British music and the great choral classics.
6 He appeared many times at music festivals including the BBC Proms Concerts, Cheltenham, Bath, and Aldeburgh.



The Tree of Life 2011 performer: "After the Rain: Antiphon"
So You Think You Can Dance 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
G-Force 2009 performer: "O Fortuna" from "Carmina Burana"
Classic Widows 1995 TV Movie documentary performer: "Long Steel Grass", "Mark of Cain" extract, "A Symphony of Liberations, Movt. II", "Symphony No. 5, Movt. I", "Symphony No. 2, Movt. I", "Carriage and Pair", "Old Sir Faulk", "Touch her soft lips and part", "Gloria", "Lyra Angelica, Movt. I", "Odd Man Out, Prelude", "The Pigeon Song"

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Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten 2004 TV Movie conductor
Classic Widows 1995 TV Movie documentary conductor
Great Performances 1995 TV Series conductor - 1 episode



Imagine 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Classical Brit Awards 2002 2002 TV Special Himself

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