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The Conductor

Since returning to South Africa he has been an SABC producer, Director of Music at St Mary’s Cathedral, Director of Chanticleer Singers and Symphony Choir of Johannesburg, and a conductor of note.  

Having gained experience as Personnel Manager of the NSO in the eighties, Richard Cock became Artistic Director of that Orchestra from 1991 - 1999.  Previous to this he had been Director of the Transvaal Chamber Orchestra from 1987 - 1991 and this orchestra ceased to operate when he became Artistic Director in 1991.

During that time the symphony concerts grew in popularity and scope and Richard managed to take the orchestra out of the concert hall to varied venues, from Cape Town to Cairo.   They truly became the National Symphony Orchestra performing both in small towns and large cities throughout South Africa and its neighbouring territories, as well as making a memorable tour to Cairo

He continues this work throughout South Africa – in particular with the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, and, with his irrepressible and ebullient nature, to bring music to tens of thousands of people and to make converts to the cause of orchestral and choral music in particular, and of ‘music’, in its broadest sense, in general.

Richard is equally at home making music with children in a classroom, with leading soloists of the day in the concert hall, with choirs in churches, or with the orchestra in Tulip fields, amongst others he has worked with Julian Lloyd-Webber, Lynn Harrell, Joshua Bell, Florian Uhlig, Lesley Garrett, Zoe Beyers Corinne Chapelle and Patricio Buanne.
He has also worked closely with Pavarotti and the 3 Tenors on their South African Tour.


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