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Faculty of Music

Christopher Hogwood 1941-2014

We are very sad to learn of the death of Christopher Hogwood. Prof Hogwood had a long association with the Music Faculty that reached back to his undergraduate days. His career was forged on the world stage, but he retained a close connection with Cambridge throughout his life. He was a long-time resident of the city, and the orchestra with which he was virtually synonymous, the Academy of Ancient Music, has been a resident ensemble within the Faculty of Music for more than a decade. When the Faculty established its Collegium Musicum, an ensemble that uses copies of early instruments, Christopher generously agreed to serve as Patron. In the same spirit, he allowed students to visit his exquisite collection of historical keyboard instruments, and he made his research library available to young scholars. Over the years, he taught various classes for the Music Faculty, and he presented his research findings in memorable colloquia. He also served on a number of strategic Faculty committees. In recognition of his distinguished career and of his rich and varied engagement with the work of the Music Faculty, Christopher Hogwood was appointed Honorary Professor in 2002. His exceptional contributions to music were also recognised in an Honorary Doctorate in Music, awarded by the University of Cambridge in 2008. He will be greatly missed.