Monday, 24 November 2008
Richard Hickox 1948-2008
It is with much sadness that I announce the death of Richard Hickox, one of the world's finest conductors. He was on recording session with Chandos at the time, recording the second volume of his Holst Orchestral Works series.
Richard Hickox is survived by his wife, the mezzo-soprano Pamela Helen Stephen and his three children Tom, Adam and Abigail.
Richard Hickox was Musical Director of Opera Australia; Associate Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra; Founder and Music Director of the City of London Sinfonia; Co-Director of the period instrument group Collegium Musicum 90 and Conductor Emeritus of BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Stephen Lumsden, Managing Director of Intermusica, Hickox’s agent for over 20 years said:
“The shock of Richard Hickox’s sudden and unexpected death will resonate right around the globe and has robbed the music world of one of its most popular and respected musicians. It also takes away from his beloved family a deeply devoted husband, father, son and brother. Literally thousands of musicians who were touched by his talent, energy and that remarkable generosity of spirit of his will feel that loss as well. Richard never wavered or faltered in his commitment and support for others even when faced with the most daunting challenges. His ability to inspire the best through his passion for the music he conducted created countless memorable performances in the concert hall, on the opera stage and on disc. His championing of British music and his international successes, particularly in Sydney as well as his legacy of 100s of recordings across the whole spectrum of repertoire will remain for many years to come. All those who knew him will feel deeply for his wife Pamela and his three children to whom we offer our most sincere and heartfelt condolences.”
Chandos's managing director, Ralph Couzens and our Chairman, Brian Couzens are currently travelling back from Swansea and will issue a statement on their return to Colchester. As you can expect they are absolutely devastated by the news, as are all of us at Chandos. Richard had recorded for Chandos for more than 20 years and in 1992 signed exclusively to the label, recording more than 280 recordings for the label and was very much part of the Chandos family. It is particularly poignant for Chandos as we celebrate our 30th year in the industry in 2009. Richard had just written a statement for our use in which he fondly remembered a number of projects, in particular the complete series of Haydn Masses which he wrote was "the project that has given me most pride and pleasure."
Today is a truly sad day. Richard Hickox brought so much to the music world. We have lost a great advocate and a wonderful man. Our thoughts remain with Pamela and the children. Rest in peace.