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"Meet National Treasure Richard Cock -
SA’s conducting Maestro"

Interview with Alec Hogg of BizNews

Fun-loving conductor Richard Cock personifies classical music in South Africa. The 73-year-old Maestro this year is celebrating a quarter century of his hugely successful creation Starlight Classics. A musician who dedicated his life to expanding the appreciation of classical music in his homeland shares a fascinating journey - one which took him from childhood in Gqeberha on to Bishops in Cape Town, to eight years in the UK mostly studying Church Music, through to his directorate at now-defunct Classic FM, the niched SA radio station modelled on its British counterpart. Articulate, hopeful and reflective - Cock spoke to Alec Hogg of BizNews.

Conductor Richard Cock -
Classical music in South Africa

Interview with Petra Sittig - The Artist's Voice

South African conductor Richard Cock is talking about the great talent in classical musicians this country has to offer and the many wonderful projects done by musicians and also schools to give children the opportunity to play and also be exposed to classical music. Richard has his own freelance orchestras, The Johannesburg Festival orchestra and and the Phoenix orchestra which are dependent on private funding. There are many orchestra players in South Africa, but they all work on a freelance basis. Richard is very positive for the future of classical music in South Africa and he is proud of the many talented singers that are now singing at some of the great opera houses in Europe.

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