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Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales from September 2000, Richard Hickox has long been regarded internationally as one of Britain’s most gifted and versatile conductors. Winner of a Brit Award and of the Gramophone Record of the Year and Best Orchestral Disc of 2001 for his recording with the London Symphony Orchestra of Vaughan Williams’ Symphony no.2 in the original version, Hickox’s position at the centre of British musical life has been recognised by many accolades. He was named CBE in the Queen’s Jubilee Honours List in 2002, and a long list of awards include a further 3 Gramophone Awards, a Grammy (for Peter Grimes), two Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, the first Sir Charles Groves Award, the Evening Standard Opera Award, and the Association of British Orchestras award. He has also been elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and of Queens’ College Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar.

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He has regularly conducted all the major UK orchestras and appeared many times at festivals such as Aldeburgh, Bath, Cheltenham and the BBC Proms; and has had long associations with the City of London Sinfonia (Music Director since founding it in 1971); Northern Sinfonia (Artistic Director 1982-90 and now Conductor Emeritus), and since 1985 with the London Symphony Orchestra (currently Associate Guest Conductor). He also founded the period instrument group Collegium Musicum ’90 ten years ago with Simon Standage, with whom he shares the artistic leadership.

Opera is also a major part of his activities, with recent and forthcoming productions at the Vienna State Opera (Billy Budd), Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Tales of Hoffman, Orfeo ed Euridice), English National Opera (Dallapiccola, Berio and Alcina), Sydney (Lady Macbeth of Mtensk), Cologne, Washington and Los Angeles. At the Spoleto Festival in Italy he has in recent years conducted Rosenkavalier,Cunning Little Vixen, Prokofiev’s War and Peace, and Menotti’s The Consul.

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Newsletter/Autumn 2000:
Intermusica at the Proms 2000

Newsletter/Autumn 2000:
Triumphant start for Hickox in Wales

Newsletter/Spring 2000:
Hickox's 'spellbinding' Billy Budd wows critics

Newsletter/Spring 2000:
Record Shelf

Newsletter/Autumn 1999:
Richard Hickox has been announced as the new Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Newsletter/Autumn 1999:
BBC Proms 1999

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Record Shelf

Newsletter/Spring 1999:
Hickox Down Under

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Orchestral Touring Highlights

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Record Shelf

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Intermusica at the Proms

Newsletter/Autumn 1998:
Intermusica in Japan

Newsletter/Spring 1998:
Hurray for Hollywood

Hickox’s international career has seen him conduct many of the leading orchestras in Europe, Japan and North America; and in the next couple of seasons he guest-conducts at the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Dutch Radio Philharmonic, Orquestra Verdi in Milan, and Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Last season he toured major cities in the UK and Germany with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with return visits already being planned..

Richard Hickox is committed to an extraordinarily wide range of music, which he conducts with a rare assurance. His flair for programming captures the imagination of public and critics alike. Particularly memorable have been his complete cycle of Vaughan Williams symphonies at the Barbican Centre with the Bournemouth Symphony; a Britten festival at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra, including a semi-staged performance of the rarely performed opera Gloriana; a Max Bruch project with the London Symphony Orchestra; and the world premiere of several works by Sir John Tavener, the most recent of which was a special Millenium performance of his Fall and Resurrection with the City of London Sinfonia at St Paul’s Cathedral in the presence of the composer and of the work’s dedicatee, HRH The Prince of Wales (also available on DVD video).

His phenomenal success in the recording studio has resulted in, to date, over 250 recordings, many which have won international awards. His exclusive association with Chandos Records continues well into the future with a Bridge cycle, a Berkeley (Lennox and Michael) series with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Britten operas with the City of London Sinfonia; the continuation of his cycle of Vaughan Williams symphonies with the London Symphony Orchestra ; and Haydn’s late symphonies and masses with Collegium Musicum ’90.

Richard Hickox appears by arrangement with Intermusica Artists’ Management Ltd.

September 2002

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selected opera repertoire
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BELLINI I Capuleti e I Montecchi
BERLIOZ Les Troyens
BIZET Carmen
BRITTEN Albert Herring
Billy Budd
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Rape of Lucretia
Peter Grimes
Death in Venice
DE FALLA La Vida Breve
DONIZETTI Lucia di Lammamoor
DVORAK Rusalka
GLUCK Orfeo and Euridice
Iphigenie in Taurus/on Aulide
Julius Caesar
JANACEK Cunning Little Vixen
Katya Kabanova
MASCAGNI Cavalleria Rusticana
Il Pagliacci
MENOTTI The Consul
Martin’s Lie
MOZART Idomeneo
Marriage of Figaro
Cosi Fan Tutte
Lucio Silla
Clemenza di Tito
Magic Flute
Il Seraglio
MUSSORGSKY Boris Godunov
PROKOFIEV Love for Three Oranges
War and Peace
Madame Butterfly
Il Trittico
PURCELL Dido and Aeneas
ROSSINI Barber of Seville
SHOSTAKOVICH Lady Macbeth of Mtensk
SMETANA Bartered bride
Ariadne auf Naxos
The Pilgrim's Progress
Riders to the Sea
WAGNER Lohengrin
WALTON Troilus and Cressida
The Bear

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"Hickox and Chandos have pulled off a unique feat, a sumptuous recording of a Vaughan Williams symphony that can never be repeated…Over everything Richard Hickox presides with superb control and a feeling for the idiom that has made his unfolding Vaughan Williams symphony cycle for Chandos such a joy"
Gramophone Record of the Year 2001 and Best Orchestral Recording of 2001
Vaughan Williams Symphony no.2 (original version)/London Symphony Orchestra/Chandos

"As of now, this issue is for me the symphonic recording of the year. It is glorious in all respects… Hickox’s interpretation is as great as any I have ever heard, and it is played magnificently by the London Symphony."
Vaughan Williams 2/LSO/Chandos/ - American Record Guide, Oct 01

" Hickox immaculately judged its ebb and flow, its breathtaking orchestral ingenuity. The playing, all ethereal, hovering strings and silky woodwind, revealed an orchestra at the peak of its powers, while the casting was well-nigh matchless…The whole was as near to definitive as I can imagine. You emerged from it on a tremendous high, convinced that the world had been transformed by magic into an infinitely better place".
Hansel & Gretel/London Symphony Orchestra – Guardian, December 2001

"As he has consistently shown, and continues to do so on this disc, Richard Hickox has a very special empathy with English music of the first half of the 20th century…This is a fascinating start to a series that promises great rewards"
Bridge Vol. I/BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Chandos – Guardian, Oct 2001

"Hickox inspired a most cogent and persuasive performance of a symphony that really needs to be heard more often"
Rubbra no.10/City of London Sinfonia/Barbican - Independent, Oct 2001-12-19

"A marvellous concert performance..Hickox sensitively judging the poise, balance and energy of the performance…"
Gluck Orpheo/Royal Opera House – Evening Standard, June 01

"tempi were on the brisk side, but they allowed the drama to breathe and not become marmoreally statuesque, and the responsive playing brought Gluck’s deceptively simple music vividly to life…a wonderful evening."
Gluck Orpheo/Royal Opera House - Sunday Telegraph, June 01

"Readings of great sophistication and alertness, full of enthusiasm and rhythmic power, but not overbearing..this is a series well worth collecting. "
Haydn symphonies/Collegium Musicum 90/Chandos – American Record Guide, May 01

"The effect was sublime and indescribably moving…Hickox’s unerring understanding of the massive work’s complex architecture resulted in a climax of breathtaking inexorability. A stunned silence followed by vigorous applause set the seal on a life-affirming experience."
Delius Mass of Life/Philharmonia Orchestra, 3 Choirs Festival – Independent, Aug 01

" The rise and fall of tension, resulting in massive climaxes, was skilfully plotted…Hickox effectively caught the note of poignant lament…the sense triumph is palpable here, though, and Hickox and his players captured that spirit in a climactic, exhilarating surge".
Shostakovich 10/BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Barbican – Times, May 01

"Strongly focused and impassioned performances"
Britten, Walton/Seattle Symphony – Seattle Times, April 01


"Hickox’s conducting is as big-boned and passionate as the orchesttral playing. "
Billy Budd/Royal Opera House Covent Garden – The Times, Sept 2000

"Hickox’s reading of that masterpiece for Chandos has the incandescence and rapt intensity that marked his Barbican performance.. (His) unerring control of the great emotional climaxes of the visionary first and third movements is overwhelming…
Vaughan Williams Symphony no.5/London Symphony - Guardian, 1999

" Chandos has given us many valuable series , but Hickox’ exemplary Rubbra cycle with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales really does stand out… Hickox’s rivetingly powerful conception of Rubbra’s Eighth must take the palm.."
Rubbra cycle/BBC National Orchestra of Wales – Gramophone, 1999

"He is everywhere in contact with the expressive flow of the music…great technical assurance and spirit…magnificent".
Rubbra cycle/BBC National Orchestra of Wales - American Record Guide, 1999

"Hickox is a Wagnerian through and through. In his utterly convincing performance of the Siegfried Idyll he elicited precise ensemble playing and tonal warmth."
Camerata Academica/Vienna Musikverein - Wiener Zeitung, 1998

"Hickox’s achievements in the past few years have been amazing – founded on an ability to pull off grand events spectacularly well…With that inspirational ability to make musicians perfom better than they should – something Hickox definitely shares with Simon Rattle – it was unforgettable. A show to ponder and to cherish."
Prokofiev War & Peace/Spoleto Festival - Independent on Sunday, 1999

"He understands Elgar comprehensively. Under his control, the music flows naturally, breathes where it should and moves on at just the right intensity."
Guardian, 1999

" Hickox lead the huge orchestra with an ear for orchestral power and rhythmic intensity, finding plenty of the riches in Strauss’ powerful and emotionally persuasive score"
"Strauss’ opera sounds as marvelously savage and intoxicatingly nebulous as ever with Hickox at the podium"
"Hickox and the LA Opera Orchestra gave one its best performances in recent memory"
Salome/Los Angeles Opera – various press, 1998

Hickox maintained a marvelous balance of expressive poise and forward momentum. Fine dynamic gradations and an exquisite sense of line underscored Faurés long-breathed melodies…Even in full cry, textures remained translucent"
Detroit Symphony, 1998

"Radiantly beautiful – Hickox sets the tone and the pace perfectly. . very strongly recommended."
V. Williams: Pilgrim’s Progress/Royal Opera House/Chandos - Fanfare, 1999

" Paul Bunyan is a wow. Take the kids, take your parents, take anyone.. The standard of performance can scarcely be higher… his interpretation of this score was exemplary: warm, lyrical, light in touch and clearly detailed."
Britten: Paul Bunyan/Royal Opera House - The Telegraph, 1999

" Hickox comes up trumps again…characteristically fresh, inspiriting work.. it captures both the symphonic impetus and the spiritual and physical exhilaration of this gloriously life-affirming music. Hickox is ever responsive to the drama and colour of Haydn’s orchestral writing.. This is how Haydn’s masses should be done".
Haydn Masses/Collegium Musicum 90/Chandos- Gramophone, 2000

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