Musical Director, Murray Hipkin

Murray studied at York University, the Guildhall and the National Opera Studio before joining the Music Staff of English National Opera where he still somehow manages to hold down his day job as Répétiteur and Assistant Conductor.

He has been North London Chorus’s Musical Director since 2003 and took on the Pinkies in 2010 and the ENO Community Choir in 2016.  For ENO he has conducted The Mikado, The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance, Kismet and The Duchess of Malfi.  He was Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master on ENO’s Sweeney Todd with Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel, and Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close.

Murray Hipkin

Other career highlights include working with Stephen Sondheim on Pacific Overtures (ENO), coaching Björk for two projects, accompanying rehearsals of Wagner’s Ring Cycle (ENO), conducting over 170 performances as Musical Director of The Sound of Music at the London Palladium, working with his cousin, Rufus Norris and Damon Albarn on Dr Dee (ENO), hearing his English translation of Gluck’s Le cinesi performed at the Wigmore Hall and conducting Britten’s War Requiem in Berlin in November 2013 (NLC).

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