Conductor, Musicologist, Keyboard player

We regret to announce the death of Christopher Hogwood on 24 September 2014

September 24, 2014

Christopher died peacefully on Wednesday 24 September, having been suffering from a brain tumour for several months. He died at home in Cambridge, with family present. The funeral will be private, with a memorial service to be held at a later date.


chris-hogwood.jpgThe death was announced publicly on BBC Radio 3's In Tune on Wednesday, with Sean Rafferty speaking to Emma Kirkby, David Thomas and Pavlo Beznosiuk. This broadcast is available to listen again until the morning of Wednesday 1 October, and you can download a podcast of the tributes paid to Christopher on In Tune.

Christopher's life and work will be discussed on Music Matters on BBC Radio 3 at 12:15pm on Saturday 27 September. Petroc Trelawny will look back on Christopher's career with the countertenor James Bowman, the harpsichordist and musicologist Davitt Moroney and Martin Zeller, co-principal cellist of the Basel Chamber Orchestra. The programme will also include archive interviews with Christopher himself.

On Sunday 28 September at 2pm, also on BBC Radio 3, The Early Music Show will be a special edition dedicated to Christopher's memory. Lucie Skeaping and Sir Nicholas Kenyon will introduce some of Christopher's recordings of early music and discuss the extraordinary impact he made. They will discuss Christopher's recorded legacy and play some of his iconic and groundbreaking performances.

Christopher's long-term friend and collaborator, Robert Levin, will dedicate his lunchtime recital at the Wigmore Hall on Monday 29 September to Christopher's memory. This performance, a programme of Mozart and Beethoven piano sonatas performed (appropriately enough) on the fortepiano, will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, starting at 1pm.

BBC Radio 4's obituary will be aired during Last Word on Friday 3 October at 4pm, with presenter Matthew Bannister speaking to soprano and broadcaster Catherine Bott and violinist Pavlo Beznosiuk, leader of the Academy of Ancient Music.


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