RICHARD HICKOX CBE (1948-
There is a spirit in St Endellion Church, on which we all feed. The place is a magnet for many of us as well as a refuge. The festival concerts are unique in blending professional and amateur yet the place seems to raise us to musical heights we find difficult to repeat anywhere else. (Richard Hickox, CBE (1948-
The two St Endellion music festivals have had several conductors associated with them throughout their history but none more distinguished, or more closely identified with them than the late Richard Hickox CBE (1948-
A casual observer early on in his career would have assumed that the festivals were no more than a testing ground, a charming eccentricity he would surely give up once more important engagements were on offer. Those lucky enough to work with him at St Endellion, however, saw at once that our unglamorous, unsubsidised, and barely publicised concerts in an out-
Richard was proud that, with a cottage only yards from the church’s door, he had become a St Endellion parishioner while the rest of us remained mere tourists. Now that he has been laid to rest in St Endellion’s churchyard, it will be no surprise to find him as closely identified with the church in the future as that other champion of vanishing English culture, Sir John Betjeman, has become with nearby St Enodoc.