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Richard Hickox

Richard Hickox

Principal Conductor

One of Britain's most gifted and versatile conductors, Richard Hickox is Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and, from January 2005, Music Director of Opera Australia in Sydney. From September 2006 he will become Conductor Emeritus of BBC NOW.

He founded the City of London Sinfonia in 1971 of which he is Music Director. He is also Associate Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Emeritus of the Northern Sinfonia, and co-founder of Collegium Musicum 90. Guest engagements this season and coming up include concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, and Dutch Radio Philharmonic.

Richard Hickox has regularly conducted the major UK orchestras and has appeared many times at festivals such as Aldeburgh, Bath, Cheltenham and the BBC Proms. His appearances with the London Symphony at the Barbican have included a number of semi-staged operas such as Billy Budd, Hansel and Gretel and Salomé; he gave the first ever complete cycle of Vaughan Williams symphonies in London with the Bournemouth Symphony, and conducted series of Elgar, Walton and a Britten festival at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra, including a semi-staged performance of his opera Gloriana, which will be presented at the Aldeburgh Festival in 2003.

Recent operatic engagements apart from Sydney have included his debut with the Vienna State Opera and appearances with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and English National Opera; in future seasons he will return to all of these houses, as well as making his debut with the Washington Opera.

His phenomenal success in the recording studio has resulted in over 250 recordings. His exclusive association with Chandos Records continues well into the future with the completion of his Britten operas with the City of London Sinfonia, the continuation of his acclaimed cycle of Vaughan Williams symphonies with the London Symphony Orchestra, complete cycles of the music of Frank Bridge and Lennox Berkeley with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Masses by Hummel and Schubert with Collegium Musicum 90. He has received a Grammy (for Peter Grimes) and four Gramophone Awards.

Richard Hickox was was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Jubilee Honours List in 2002, and has received many other awards including two Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, the first ever Sir Charles Groves Award, the Evening Standard Opera Award, and the Association of British Orchestras award.

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