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
The Best Of Vivaldi
Release Date: 09/15/1997   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8556655   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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Art And Music - Canaletto - Music Of His Time
Release Date: 09/20/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8558177   Number of Discs: 1
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Rejoice - A Vision Of Christ Through Music
Release Date: 03/18/2008   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570980   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    Gluck: Armide / Palmer, Rolfe Johnson, Hickox
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 40728 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Raimund Herincx,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Sally Burgess  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  Richard Hickox Singers
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  • 27.
    Bizet: Symphony In C;  Faure: Pavane;  Ibert, Ravel / Hickox
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 90765 Release Date: 09/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Gabriel Fauré,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 28.
    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Flute & Harp Concerto / Campbell, Master, Davies, Hickox
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1071 Release Date: 05/18/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  David Campbell,  Philippa Davies,  Rachel Masters
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 29.
    Best Tchaikovsky 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56339 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Charles Abramovic,  Sarah Chang,  Ayako Uehara,  Olaf Maninger  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons,  Seiji Ozawa,  Lovro von Matacic,  Richard Hickox  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 30.
    Burgon: Viola Concerto; Cello Concerto; Merciless Beauty / Gamba, Connolly, Dukes, Knight, City Of London Sinfonia
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10592 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Geoffrey Burgon
    Performer:  Josephine Knight,  Philip Dukes,  Sarah Connolly
    Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 31.
    Haydn: Mass no 11
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 414464 Release Date: 01/07/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Anne Howells,  Stephen Roberts,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Barbara Bonney
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 32.
    Britten: Beggar's Opera / Curnyn, Bickley, White, Jones, Randle
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10548 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Gay
    Performer:  Robert Gardiner,  Susan Bickley,  Leah-Marian Jones,  Jeremy White  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Curnyn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    50 Classics For Relaxation / Ingman, Gerhardt, Gamley, Et Al
    Label: Time/Life Music   Catalog: 24742 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johann Paul A. Martini  ... 
    Performer:  Keith Harvey,  José Luis Garcia,  Larry Dalton,  Skaila Kanga  ... 
    Conductor:  David Firman,  Franck Pourcel,  Charles Gerhardt,  Eric Hammerstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Franck Pourcel Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 35.
    Ultimate Haydn - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001280402 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Anne Howells,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Antal Doráti,  Christopher Hogwood,  Richard Hickox  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aeolian String Quartet,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    Benjamin Britten - The Collector's Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 17526 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 37
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Andrew Mead,  Jill Gomez,  Norman Bailey,  Penelope Walker  ... 
    Conductor:  Reginald Goodall,  Richard Hickox,  Daniel Harding,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trinity Boys Choir,  City of London Sinfonia,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus  ... 
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  • 38.
    Britten: Turn Of The Screw / Hickox, Padmore, Milne, Wyn Davies
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 907 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Catrin Wyn-Davies,  Lisa Milne,  Mark Padmore,  Diana Montague  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 39.
    Bernstein: Trouble In Tahiti / Daymond, Novacek
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 838 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Stephanie Novacek,  Karl Daymond
    Conductor:  Paul Daniel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 40.
    Martinu: Double Concerto, Concerto For String Quartet, Etc. / Hickox, Alley, Daniel, Reay, Endellion Quartet, City Of London Sinfonia
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 91099 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  John Alley,  Charles Fullbrook,  Andrew Watkinson,  Ralph De Souza  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  Endellion String Quartet
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  • 41.
    Britten: Owen Wingrave / Hickox, Coleman-Wright, Gilchrist
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10473 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Janice Watson,  Peter Coleman-Wright,  Nicolas Ward,  Pamela Helen Stephen  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tiffin School Boys Chorus,  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 42.
    Vaughan Williams: Choral Works / Best, Corydon Singers
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44321 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Roger Judd,  Richard Pasco,  Ursula Howells,  John Gielgud  ... 
    Conductor:  Matthew Best
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Corydon Singers,  City of London Sinfonia,  Corydon Orchestra  ... 
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  • 43.
    Classics For My Baby - Chopin, Mozart, Bach, Debussy, Handel, Grieg, Etc / Angelich, Menuhin, Argerich, Jarvi, Anderszewski, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 19003 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Edvard Grieg,  Frederick Delius  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Elena Duran,  Aldo Ciccolini  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Jeffrey Tate,  Paavo Järvi,  Eric Fenby  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 44.
    Poulenc: Concerti, Sinfonietta, Aubade, Etc /  Hickox, Pommier, Cole, Wier, Queffélec, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 22045 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Anne Queffélec,  Maggie Cole,  Gillian Weir
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 45.
    Burgon: Requiem, Nunc Dimittis / Hickox, Cleobury
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470380 Release Date: 05/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Geoffrey Burgon
    Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Jennifer Smith,  Ann Murray,  Thomas Hopkinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wooburn Singers Choir,  Wooburn Singers,  London Symphony Chorus  ... 
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  • 46.
    Charpentier; Poulenc: French Choral Works
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10448 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Conductor:  George Guest
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
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  • 47.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue / Marshall, Litton
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 59693 Release Date: 03/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall,  Andrew Litton
    Conductor:  Edo de Waart,  Richard Hickox,  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra,  City of London Sinfonia,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Introduction And Allegro / Hickox, City Of London Sinfonia
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 59695 Release Date: 03/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Gabriel Fauré,  Jacques Ibert,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  David Campbell,  Carol Wincenc,  Vanessa McKeand
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Edmon Colomer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Allegri String Quartet,  City of London Sinfonia,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Stravinsky: Pulcinella / Richard Hickox, London Sinfonia
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 61107 Release Date: 03/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Martyn Hill,  Ann Murray,  David Thomas
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 50.
    Rejoice - A Vision Of Christ Through Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570980 Release Date: 03/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stainer,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Thomas Tallis  ... 
    Performer:  James Gilchrist,  Simon Bailey,  Furio Zanasi,  Ulrich Rausch  ... 
    Conductor:  Timothy Brown,  Diego Fasolis,  Jeremy Summerly,  Kenneth Schermerhorn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  Clare College Choir,  Swiss Radio Chorus  ... 
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