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    Willcocks, Sir David (30th December 1919-Present)

    He is an orchestral conductor born in Newquay, Cornwall, England.  He received his first musical training as a chorister at Westminster Abbey and then became a music scholar in Bristol prior to becoming an organ scholar at King's College, Cambridge.  Military service interrupted his studies in WWII and he briefly served in the British Infantry, winning the Military Cross.  On his return to continue his studies at Cambridge he was appointed Conductor of the Cambridge Philharmonic Society and the Salisbury Musical Society as well as organist at Salisbury Cathedral.  He moved to Worcester Cathedral in 1950 and stayed there until 1957 when he became Director of Music at King's College, Cambridge. He has also held directorships with the Bach Choir and at the Royal College of Music.  He continued his work as a conductor and organist and made many recordings with the College Choirs of Cambridge.  He conducted the King's College Choir for the premiere of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" in Milan and Venice and they further performed the piece all over the world.  Has been awarded many honorary degrees from English Universities and the USA and was given a knighthood in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Honours List in 1977.  He is currently an Honorary Fellow and the Musical Director Emeritus of King's College Choir. 

     

    The Bach Choir recordings

    Angelus ad Virginem

    London 417 898-2 ( CD: O Come All Ye Faithful )

    Members of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble

    Organ - John Scott

    Conductor - Sir David Willcocks

     

    Once in Royal David's City (Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander/Henry John Gauntlett)

    London 417 898-2 (CD: O Come All Ye Faithful)

    Brass - Members of The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble

    Organ - John Scott

    Conductor - Sir David Willcocks

     

    Choir of King's College, Cambridge recordings

     

    Cecil Frances Humphreys & Henry John Gauntlett

    Once in Royal David's City

    EMI 66241 (CD:  Christmas Carols from King's College, Cambridge)

    Conductor - Sir David Willcocks

     

    Gregorio Allegri

    Miserere Polygram 466 075-2 (CD: The Greatest Choral Show on Earth)

    Conductor - Sir David Willcocks

    Treble - Roy Goodman

     

    Choir of St. Thomas's Church recordings

    Once in Royal David's City (Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander/Henry John Gauntlett)

    Pro Organo 7200 (CD: Christmas on Fifth Avenue)

    Director - John Scott

    Organ - Jeremy Bruns

    Arranger - Sir David Willcocks

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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