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 on the full-time Music Staff. He has been North London Chorus’s Musical Director since 2003, took on the Pinkies in 2010 and is currently leading the ENO Community Choir. 

Career highlights include working with Stephen Sondheim on Pacific Overtures (ENO), working with Björk on two classical 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, hearing his English translation of Gluck’s Le cinesi performed at the Wigmore Hall, conducting Britten’s War Requiem in Berlin in November 2013 (NLC) and acting as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master on ENO’s recent musicals including Sweeney Todd with Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel, and Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close. 

Murray Hipkin

For ENO he has conducted The MikadoThe GondoliersThe Pirates of Penzanceand Kismet.  In Spring 2017 he returned to the Coliseum podium to conduct performances of ENO’s Carousel with Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe.  This was followed in 2018 by three performances of Chess with Alexandra Burke, Cassidy Janson, Tim Howar and Michael Ball.  This season he conducts performances of Man of la Mancha with Kelsey Grammer.

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