Richard Hickox, with a repertoire ranging from Renaissance to Contemporary Music, is regarded as one of the leading British conductors. Born in 1948 into a musical family, he started to conduct at the age of sixteen. After a spell at the Royal Academy of Music, he won an organ scholarship at Queen's College in Cambridge. From 1972-1982 he was musical director at St Margaret's Church in Westminster, and since 1976 has been director of the London Symphony Chorus.
He appears regularly with the City of London Sinfonia, which he founded, at festivals such as the Proms in London , Edinburgh, Bath, Cheltenham and Aldeburgh and tours throughout Europe and North America. As an opera conductor he was successful in London, Scotland, Los Angeles and several festivals; also with recordings ranging from early opera, sacred music to contemporary British music.
As guest conductor, Richard Hickox works regularly with large European, Australian and North American orchestras.