Barely days after coming to grips with the news of the demise of our own conductor Alan Hazeldine, I have had the shock of hearing of the passing away of Richard Hickox. Uncannily, he too was 60, the same age as Alan.

We have very happy memories of him at the helm of the City of London Sinfonia, which was resident orchestra at the Wycombe Swan.

He will be greatly missed.