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Richard Hickox and Sir Malcolm Arnold 1991 - reproduced by kind permission of Chandos Records

Vernon Handley, photo Mark Harrison


Vernon Handley, CBE (1930-2008) / Richard Hickox, CBE (1948-2008)

The passing of any great musician and performer is a sad time for music lovers the world over. With the recent deaths this year of two of our leading conductors - Vernon Handley on September 10, and Richard Hickox on November 24 - we have indeed lost two of the greatest interpreters, and passionate champions, of British music of our time.

The wonderful legacy of both Vernon Handley’s Arnold recordings on the Conifer/Decca label, together with Richard Hickox’s own Arnold catalogue on Chandos, bear witness to the depth of musical understanding that both men brought to their individual and authoritative interpretations of Sir Malcolm’s music.

In March 2003, Richard Hickox was made Patron of The Malcolm Arnold Society. Following the news of the conductor’s death earlier today, the Society’s Hon Secretary, Keith Llewellyn said:

“I learnt today of the tragic passing of Richard Hickox CBE. He was Patron of The Malcolm Arnold Society and much respected. He once said, “I look forward to championing Malcolm’s music whenever possible” and his recordings, including many of the Arnold symphonies, underlines this. Richard was always a special favourite with the Society members. We have lost a good friend and we will miss him, and his support, very much."

Keith Llewellyn, (Hon Sec)

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