Death of Christopher Hogwood

Author: Patrick Handscombe, Last updated on: 25th Sep 2014, 10:25am

Death of Christopher Hogwood

The PPG regrets to announce the death of our Honorary Associate Christopher Hogwood at the age of 73.


He died at his home in Cambridge following an illness lasting several months.


Hogwood studied keyboard at Cambridge University with Rafael Puyana and Mary Potts and later with Zuzana Ruzickova and Gustav Leonhardt.


After graduating in 1964 his first position was as a keyboard player and musicologist with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields under Sir Neville Marriner, and he was a founder member of the Early Music Consort of London.


After founding the Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) in 1973 he directed its activities across six continents for some 30 years.


He worked with many leading orchestras and was one of the most influential exponents of the early-music movement.


His recordings include the 1980 version of Handel's Messiah with Emma Kirkby and James Bowman, which was named by BBC Music Magazine as one of the top 20 recordings of all time.


He was a tutor at Harvard University, honorary professor of music at the University of Cambridge and a professor-at-large at Cornell University in the US.


Fellow musicians and colleagues say "Chris was a natural academic, an incredibly clever man." "He had extraordinary generosity of spirit." "He was very genial." "...a very pleasant and lovely man."

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