The Richard Hickox Foundation Launches a Scheme to Support British Music

The Richard Hickox foundation will be launched on 15 October with a concert by the City of London Sinfonia and the London Symphony Chorus.

Celebrated conductor Richard Hickox died prematurely in 2008, one of the world's greatest conductors and a pioneer of British music. The Foundation aims to continue Richard's work by supporting recordings of British composers, especially those who have not received the recognition which they deserve, to support young conductors and singers, to encourage British music outside of the UK and to communicate the life and work of Richard Hickox.

The concert is being held at the Barbican with a programme of British music by two ensembles which Richard was closely associated with. Richard founded the City of London Sinfonia in 1971 and was Music Director until the end of his life. He was Chorus Master and Music Director of the London Symphony Chorus from 1976-1991 and Conductor Emeritus until his death.

The programme is as follows:

Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Elgar The Music Makers
Holst The Hymn of Jesus
Vaughan Williams Toward the Unknown Region

Felicity Palmer mezzo soprano
London Symphony Chorus
City of London Sinfonia
Joseph Cullen and Andrew Litton conductors

Chandos will be releasing a two-disc set of highlights of Richard's recording career, ‘Within a Dream - A Celebration of Richard Hickox' at the price of one CD with proceeds being donated to the Richard Hickox Foundation.