Musical Director, Murray Hipkin

Murray studied at York University, the Guildhall and the National Opera Studio before joining 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 Mikado, The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance and Kismet. In Spring 2017 he conducted performances of Carousel with Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe, last May he conducted performances of Chess with Alexandra Burke, Cassidy Janson, Tim Howar and Michael Ball and last month he conducted nine performances of Man of la Mancha with Kelsey Grammer. Recent and future ENO projects include: The Turn of the Screw and Handel and Gretel at Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Paul Bunyan at Wiltons Music Hall, Noye’s Fludde at Theatre Royal Stratford East, and War Requiem, Akhnaten and Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel at the Coliseum.

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