City of London Sinfonia

Composers

Biography

Active: 1971 - ; London, England
The City of London Sinfonia is one of the best known of the several smaller and specialty orchestras that transformed London's concert life in the late 1900s.

Although London had five major full-sized symphony orchestras, interest grew in the 1960s for specialty ensembles, such as modern, avant-garde, period, or chamber orchestras. Richard Hickox founded his own orchestra, the Richard Hickox Orchestra, in 1971. It immediately
Read more commissioned a new work, Fancies by John Rutter. By 1973 its reputation had already grown so that it was invited to play in a performance of Handel's Messiah at a Royal Albert Hall Promenade concert, and in 1975 it made its first recording, a pair of J.S. Bach Masses, on the Argo label.

In the late 1970s, the City of London, a specific and rather small area in greater London that is its commercial center and has its own historic city government, made a decision to build a major concert hall, the Barbican Centre. To ensure its use and distinctive identity, the City made arrangements for permanent resident ensembles: the London Symphony Orchestra and the Hickox Orchestra were the two leading ones, with the latter taking the name The City of London Sinfonia (CLS) in 1979 and moving into the Barbican when it opened in 1982. The Barbican and its ensembles, subsidized by the City, opened with an innovative plan to integrate its operations artistically. The ensembles cooperate in presenting festivals and thematically interrelated concert series. Among the most successful Barbican series in which the CLS participated was "Mahler, Vienna, and the Twentieth Century." Such ideas, and alert marketing strategies based on them, have made the Barbican along with Royal Albert Hall and its long established Proms the most successful concert areas in Greater London.

In 1985, the CLS made its first major international tour with a trip to Germany. Since then it has made numerous tours, which included a tour of Australia in 1993. In 1989, it made its first appearance at the Edinburgh Festival, and 1994 was notable in CLS history for its world premiere of John Tavener's The Apocalypse at the Proms. Since 1985 it has made at least one major international tour every year.

In 1990 it was invited to play at Sadler's Wells' production of Britten's opera A Midsummer Night's Dream, a performance recorded in an acclaimed Virgin Classics release, and in 1995 again made a major Britten recording, a prize-winning rendition of Peter Grimes for Chandos. 1995 also saw a pair of extraordinary special concerts. One was the performance in the Houses of Parliament commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations Charter in the presence of the Queen, the Prime Minister, and the UN Secretary-General. The other was a special invitation by Patriarch Partherios of Alexandria to play a concert of John Tavener's music at a special symposium at the ruins of Ephesus in Turkey.

The CLS is a medium-sized symphony orchestra, listing as its permanent personnel 22 strings (divided 6-6-4-4-2) and winds in pairs, which is ideal for the Classical era and for numerous post-War modern works. The CLS has become the resident orchestra of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, and of the Otto Schiff Housing Association for victims of Nazi persecution. It also has residencies in the cities of Ipswich, King's Lynn, and High Wycombe. In 1997, the CLS won the Royal Philharmonic Society Large Ensemble Music Award for contributions to musical life in the United Kingdom, including the Education & Community Programme. Richard Hickox has continued as musical director, with Marin Alsop as principal guest conductor. Read less
Holst: Orchestral Works / Hickox, City of London Sinfonia
Release Date: 08/04/2017   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10948   Number of Discs: 1
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Howells: Music For Strings / Hickox, City Of London Sinfonia
Release Date: 07/26/1994   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9161   Number of Discs: 1
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Ireland: A Downland Suite, Etc / Hickox, City Of London Sinf
Release Date: 08/22/1995   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9376   Number of Discs: 1
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The Art Of The Oboe - Famous Oboe Concerti / Anthony Camden
Release Date: 06/01/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553991   Number of Discs: 1
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If There Were Dreams To Sell / Varcoe, Hickox, London Sinf
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8743   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 126.
    Britten: Peter Grimes / Richard Hickox, Philip Langridge
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9447 Release Date: 04/23/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Janice Watson,  Alan Opie,  Ameral Gunson,  John Graham-Hall  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 127.
    Ireland: A Downland Suite, Etc / Hickox, City Of London Sinf
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9376 Release Date: 08/22/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Ireland
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 128.
    Vivaldi: Cello Concerti Vol 1 / Wallfisch, Kraemer
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550907 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch
    Conductor:  Nicholas Kraemer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 129.
    Vivaldi: Cello Concerti Vol 2 / Wallfisch, Kraemer
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550908 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch,  Keith Harvey
    Conductor:  Nicholas Kraemer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 130.
    Vivaldi: Cello Concerti Vol 3 / Wallfisch, Kraemer
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550909 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Joanna Graham,  Raphael Wallfisch
    Conductor:  Nicholas Kraemer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 131.
    Vivaldi: Cello Concerti Vol 4 / Wallfisch, Kraemer
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550910 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch
    Conductor:  Nicholas Kraemer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 132.
    Vivaldi: Wind Concerti / Nicholas Kraemer
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553204 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Christopher Hooker,  Joanna Graham,  Tim Caister,  Stephen Stirling  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Kraemer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 133.
    Berlioz: Les Nuits D'ete;  Respighi / Hickox
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 61118 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Ottorino Respighi
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 134.
    Britten: Noye's Fludde, Serenade / Hickox, Maxwell
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 61122 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Frank Lloyd,  Martyn Hill,  David Curtis,  John Todd  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  Coull String Quartet,  Salisbury School Orchestra  ... 
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  • 135.
    Holst: St Paul's Suite, Etc / Hickox, London Sinfonia
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9270 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst
    Performer:  Andrew Watkinson,  Nicholas Ward,  Stephen Tees,  Christopher Hooker  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 136.
    Howells: Music For Strings / Hickox, City Of London Sinfonia
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9161 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Herbert Howells
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 137.
    Britten: The Rape Of Lucretia / Hickox, Rigby, Maxwell, Opie
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9254 Release Date: 03/22/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Lynda Houghton,  Catherine Pierard,  Rachel Masters,  Alan Opie  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 138.
    Gliere, Ginastera: Harp Concertos, Etc / Masters, Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9094 Release Date: 06/09/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alberto Ginastera,  Reinhold Gliere
    Performer:  Rachel Masters,  Eileen Hulse
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 139.
    Rutter: Magnificat, The Falcon, Two Festival Anthems
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 114 Release Date: 05/06/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Rutter
    Performer:  Andrew Lucas,  John Scott,  Patricia Forbes
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  Cambridge Singers,  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir  ... 
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  • 140.
    Christmas Night - Carols of the Nativity / Rutter
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 106 Release Date: 01/20/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Georg Ebeling,  William James Kirkpatrick,  Traditional,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  Cambridge Singers
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  • 141.
    Alwyn: Lyra Angelica, Pastoral Fantasia, Etc / Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9065 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Alwyn
    Performer:  Rachel Masters,  Stephen Tees,  Nicholas Daniel
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 142.
    Alwyn: Oboe Concerto, Concerti Grossi / Daniel, Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8866 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Alwyn
    Performer:  Anthony Gladstone,  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  Andrew Watkinson,  Duke Dobing  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 143.
    Britten, Finzi, Holst: Choral Works / Hickox, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8997 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Benjamin Britten,  Gerald Finzi
    Performer:  Stephen Varcoe,  John Mark Ainsley
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  Britten Singers
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  • 144.
    If There Were Dreams To Sell / Varcoe, Hickox, London Sinf
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8743 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roger Quilter,  John Ireland,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Gerald Finzi  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Varcoe
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 145.
    La Flûte Echantée / Milan, Hickox, City Of London Sinfonia
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8840 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Benjamin Godard,  Frank Martin  ... 
    Performer:  Susan Milan
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 146.
    Mozart: Flute And Harp Concerto, Etc;  Salieri / Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9051 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Salieri,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Susan Milan,  David Theodore,  Skaila Kanga
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 147.
    Walton: Facade / Hickox, Walton, Baker, London Sinfonia
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8869 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton
    Performer:  Richard Baker,  Lady Susana Walton
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 148.
    Bach Collection
    Label: American Gramaphone   Catalog: 592 Release Date: 09/01/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 149.
    A Little Christmas Music / King's Singers, Te Kanawa
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 49909 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Mateo Flecha,  Traditional,  Lowell Mason  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Fullbrook,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Richard Hickox
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  City of London Sinfonia,  City of London Brass Quintet
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  • 150.
    The Handel Collection / John Rutter, City Of London Sinfonia
    Label: American Gramaphone   Catalog: 590 Release Date: 04/30/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Harry Bicket,  Nicholas Daniel,  Rachel Masters,  John Scott
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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