Richard Cock

Since returning to South Africa Richard Cock has been an SABC producer, Director of Music at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Director of the Chanticleer Singers and the 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. Before 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 fi elds. Amongst others he has worked with Julian Lloyd-Webber, Lynn Harrell, Joshua Bell, Lesley Garrett and Patricio Buanne. He has also worked closely with Luciano Pavarotti and the Three Tenors on their South African Tour.

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