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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  • 76.
    Britten: Death In Venice / Hickox, Chance, Langridge
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10280 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Philip Langridge,  Alan Opie,  Michael Chance
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  BBC Singers
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  • 77.
    Peace - Pure Classical Calm
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 76773 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Tavener,  Karl Jenkins,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitri Alexeev,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Edward Saklatvala,  Arleen Augér  ... 
    Conductor:  David Hill,  Karl Jenkins,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Libor Pesek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 78.
    Be Thou My Vision - John Rutter / Cambridge Singers, Et Al
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 514 Release Date: 10/19/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Rutter
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  Cambridge Singers
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  • 79.
    Classical Kids - The Best Of Vivaldi
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84385 Release Date: 10/19/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jirí Stivín,  Jozef Zsapka,  Adele Armin,  Jindrich Pazdera  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliver Dohnányi,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Walter Babiak,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Studio Arts Orchestra,  Accademia Ziliniana  ... 
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  • 80.
    Simpson: Symphony No 11, Etc / Taylor, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67500 Release Date: 09/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Simpson
    Conductor:  Matthew Taylor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 81.
    Rutter: Three Musical Fables - The Reluctant Dragon, Etc.
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 513 Release Date: 08/31/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Rutter
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  City of London Sinfonia,  Cambridge Singers
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  • 82.
    Adagio Chillout
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556783 Release Date: 07/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  John Tavener,  John Rutter,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Lisa Beckley,  Konstantin Scherbakov,  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  Maximiano Valdes,  Christopher Robinson,  Timothy Brown,  Theodore Kuchar  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Principality of Asturias Symphonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  City of London Sinfonia  ... 
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  • 83.
    Chill With Handel
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556787 Release Date: 04/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Claron McFadden,  Elisabeth Scholl,  Susanne Rydén,  Simon Lindley  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Kopelman,  Joachim Carlos Martini,  Charles Medlam,  Bradley Creswick  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Frankfurt Junge Kantorei Baroque Orchestra,  London Baroque  ... 
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  • 84.
    Hallelujah - 35 Great Sacred Choruses
    Label: Sparrow Records   Catalog: 96561 Release Date: 03/23/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  John Tavener,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John Rutter  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Lucas,  James Morris,  Benjamin Bayl,  John Wallace  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger,  David Hill,  Sir Neville Marriner,  John Scott  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Winchester Cathedral Choir  ... 
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  • 85.
    The British Music Collection - Finzi: In Terra Pax, Amen, Etc
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468807 Release Date: 03/09/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gerald Finzi
    Performer:  Philip Langridge,  Libby Crabtree,  Donald Sweeney,  Malcolm Martineau  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  David Hill,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 86.
    Nocturne Voices
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 62146 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  John Tavener,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Jorge Arriagada  ... 
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Della Jones,  Patricia Petibon,  Natalie Dessay  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  David Hill,  Patrick Cohën-Akenine,  Jean-Louis Negro  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Baroque Sinfonia,  Winchester Cathedral Choir,  Les Folies Françoises  ... 
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  • 87.
    Chill With Vivaldi
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556779 Release Date: 01/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch,  Dagoberto Linhares,  Takako Nishizaki,  Béla Drahos  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Kraemer,  Johannes Wildner,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Béla Drahos  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  Camerata Cassovia,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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  • 88.
    The Cambridge Singers Christmas Album / Rutter
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 512 Release Date: 10/07/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Tavener,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Peter Warlock,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Varcoe,  Stephen Orton,  Karen Kerslake,  Caroline Ashton  ... 
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 89.
    Osborne: I Am Goya, Etc / Hickox, Kitt, Hill, Et Al
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 87 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nigel Osborne
    Performer:  Duke Dobing,  Peter Hill,  Florian Kitt,  Jane Manning  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 90.
    Rutter: Mass Of The Children / Rutter, Cambridge Singers
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 129 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Rutter
    Performer:  Elin Manahan Thomas,  Simon Wall,  Karen Jones,  Joanne Lunn  ... 
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia,  Cantate Youth Chorus
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  • 91.
    Britten: Albert Herring / Hickox, Gilchrist, Stephen, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10036 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Gregory Monk,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  James Gilchrist,  Susan Bullock  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 92.
    Poulenc: Sacred Music / Rutter, Cambridge Singers, Et Al
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 506 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Donna Deam
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 93.
    Bernstein: Trouble In Tahiti / Novacek, Daymond, Daniel, Et Al
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 838 Release Date: 02/18/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Tom Randle,  Toby Stafford-Allen,  Stephanie Novacek,  Karl Daymond  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Daniel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 94.
    The John Rutter Collection
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472622 Release Date: 11/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Rutter
    Performer:  Caroline Ashton,  Stephen Orton
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  Cambridge Singers
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  • 95.
    The John Rutter Christmas Album / The Cambridge Singers
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 510 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Traditional,  John Rutter,  Lowell Mason  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Finley,  Ruth Holton,  Stephen Varcoe
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  Cambridge Singers
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  • 96.
    Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Haydn: Violin Concertos / Seiler
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 61504 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mayumi Seiler
    Conductor:  Mayumi Seiler,  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 97.
    On Wings Of Song - Victoria De Los Angeles
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 69502 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruperto Chapi,  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Pablo Luna y Carné  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia of London,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 98.
    Wedding Classics / Norrington, Parrott, Mackerras, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 61890 Release Date: 03/12/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Alexander Borodin,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall,  Paul Goodwin,  Nancy Argenta,  Gillian Weir  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Monica Huggett,  Roger Norrington  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir  ... 
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  • 99.
    The Classics - Poulenc: Piano Concerto, Etc / Hickox, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 61979 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Maggie Cole,  Gillian Weir,  Jean-Bernard Pommier
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 100.
    The Classics- Britten: Serenade, Nocturne, Etc / Hill, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 61978 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Martyn Hill,  Frank Lloyd
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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