Richard Hickox

Composers

Biography

Born: March 5, 1948   Died: November 23, 2008   Country: England  
Richard Hickox was one of the most active and well-known conductors in Britain, with a strong international reputation, especially for performing music of his native country. He began conducting at the age of 16 and, after studies at the Royal College of Music and Queen's College, where he was an organ scholar, he founded the City of London Sinfonia in 1971, of which he remained musical director until his death.

In 1972 he became organist
Read more and master of music at St. Margaret's Church, Westminster, remaining in that position until 1982. In 1977 he was appointed conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and in 1982 became the music director of the Northern Sinfonia in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He is credited with re-establishing that orchestra as an ensemble of stature, confirmed by a highly successful tour of the United States and a complete Beethoven symphony recording cycle for the ASV label. He was associate conductor of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra from 1982 to 1985, and took the same title at the London Symphony Orchestra in 1985. He shared leadership duties with Simon Standage for Collegium Musicum 90, a period-instrument group the two founded.

All this activity made Hickox a very familiar face on the British music scene. With his various choral and orchestral ensembles he frequently appeared at the major British music festivals and at the BBC Proms Concerts. He participated in several notable special projects, including a BBC video production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and an appearance in the Istanbul Festival leading a production of Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio inside the actual sultans' seraglio in the Topkapi Museum. He also provided music for a Ken Russell film for the BBC on the wives of great composers.

In the 1990s he increased his involvement with opera, leading new productions of Handel's Julius Caesar in Berlin, Walton's Troilus and Cressida in a live BBC broadcast of an Opera North production, and Vaughan Williams' Pilgrim's Progress at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He conducted a televised production of Britten's Turn of the Screw on the BBC in 2004.

He guest conducted around the world, including frequent appearances with the Los Angeles Opera and the New Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo. He made over 300 recordings and won numerous awards, including a Gramophon Award in 1992 for his account of Britten's War Requiem, and three Gramophone Awards, a Diapason d'Or, the Deutsche Schalplattenpreis, and a Grammy for his recording of Britten's Peter Grimes in 1995 on the Chandos label, probably the most honored classical recording of the last quarter of the twentieth century. His recordings appeared on the ASV, Argo, EMI, and Virgin labels, and in the early '90s he had been an exclusive Chandos artist. More recording awards were received in 2001 and 2006 for the music of Vaughan Williams and Stanford, respectively. In 2005, he was appointed director of the Opera Australia. Hickox died of a heart attack following a recording session in Wales in November 2008. Read less

Composer: Sir Edward Elgar

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  • 1.
    Elgar: The Black Knight / Hickox, London Symphony
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10946 Release Date: 08/04/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 2.
    Elgar: Caractacus & Severn Suite / Howarth, Hickox, London Symphony
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 24158 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Stephen Roberts,  Alastair Miles,  Judith Howarth,  Arthur Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 3.
    Elgar: The Kingdom, Sospiri, Sursum Corda / Richard Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 24154 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Margaret Marshall,  Roderick Elms,  David Wilson-Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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    Elgar: The Apostles / Hickox, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 24149 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Alison Hargan,  Alfreda Hodgson,  David Rendall,  Stephen Roberts  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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    Label: Regis   Catalog: 3014 Release Date: 05/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Sir William Walton
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
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  • 6.
    Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius; Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens; I Was Glad / Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 24146 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Hubert Parry,  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Arthur Davies,  Gwynne Howell
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 7.
    50 Best London Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 333092 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Béroff,  Jeanne Loriod,  Simon Preston,  André Previn  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
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  • 8.
    Elgar: The Light Of Life / Hickox, Howarth, Finnie, Davies, Shirley-Quirk, LSO
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10726 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Linda Finnie,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Judith Howarth,  Arthur Davies
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 9.
    Classics For Your Wedding
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 623247 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Johann Pachelbel,  César Franck,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  Marielle Labèque,  Katia Labèque,  David [Pipe Organ] Briggs  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Andrew Parrott,  Stephen Cleobury,  Paavo Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris,  Les Arts Florissants  ... 
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    Glorious Majesty – Music for English Kings and Queens
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 27285 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Performer:  Alastair Ross,  Benjamin Bayl,  Oliver Brookes,  Christopher Hogwood  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  David Munrow,  Roger Norrington,  Philip Ledger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
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  • 11.
    British Composers – Best of British
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 28989 Release Date: 08/23/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Edgar Bainton,  Arnold Bax,  Frederic Bayco,  Lennox Berkeley  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Rodney Bennett
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Richard Hickox,  George Weldon,  Sir Vivian Dunn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Northern Sinfonia of England,  Pro Arte Orchestra  ... 
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  • 12.
    British Composers - Elgar, Stanford, Parry
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 95422 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Charles Hubert Parry
    Performer:  Francis Brett
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lawrence Collingwood,  Norman Del Mar,  Richard Hickox  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bournemouth Sinfonietta Chorus  ... 
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  • 13.
    Within A Dream - A Celebration Of The Artistry Of Richard Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10568 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frank Bridge,  Benjamin Britten,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  James Gilchrist,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Roderick Williams,  Bruce Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  City of London Sinfonia,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 14.
    Best Wedding 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64262 Release Date: 06/16/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Markus Klinko,  Ian Brown,  Christopher van Kampen,  Susan Tomes  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Reginald Kilbey,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble,  Vienna String Sextet Members,  Ensemble Berlin  ... 
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    Best Concertos 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64739 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Christian Zacharias,  Francois-René Duchable  ... 
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek,  Lawrence Foster,  Hans Vonk,  Michel Plasson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    Best Romantic Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15490 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Lucio Quarantotto,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Byzantine,  Amy Nuttall,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Sharon Isbin  ... 
    Conductor:  Julian Kershaw,  Seiji Ozawa,  Lawrence Foster,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Elgar: Symphony No 3, Etc / Hickox, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5057 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  Adrian Partington Singers
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  • 18.
    Elgar: Symphony No 1, Organ Sonata / Hickox, BBC NO of Wales
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5049 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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  • 19.
    Elgar: Symphony No 2 / Richard Hickox, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5038 Release Date: 09/20/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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  • 20.
    Bear Essentials - Remembrance Classics
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 24117 Release Date: 11/09/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Eric Coates,  Gordon Langford,  William Paris Chambers,  Henry Walford Davies  ... 
    Performer:  Paula Bott,  Bryn Terfel,  Roderick Elms,  Libby Crabtree  ... 
    Conductor:  Alex Evans,  Roy Newsome,  Richard Hickox,  Matthias Bamert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cranwell Royal Air Force College Band,  Besses o' th' Barn Band,  Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards  ... 
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  • 21.
    Bloch, Elgar, Kabalevsky, Et Al: Cello Works / Isserlis
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 61490 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Steven Isserlis
    Conductor:  Edo de Waart,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Andrew Litton,  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    Elgar: The Black Knight, Etc / Hickox, London So & Chorus
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9436 Release Date: 03/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 23.
    Elgar: Cello Concerto;  Bloch: Schelomo / Isserlis, Hickox
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 61125 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Bloch,  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Steven Isserlis
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Elgar: The Light Of Life / Hickox, Howarth, Finnie, Davies
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9208 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Judith Howarth,  Linda Finnie,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Arthur Davies
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Elgar: The Kingdom, Sospiri, Sursum Corda / Richard Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8788 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Roderick Elms,  Arthur Davies,  Felicity Palmer,  Margaret Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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