David Willcocks

Real Name:
Sir David Valentine Willcocks CBE, MC
Profile:
British choral conductor, organist, and composer. During his life he was largely associated with The King's College Choir Of Cambridge, with whom he became an Organ Scholar in 1939. His studies were interrupted by the start of the Second World War, in which he served with distinction (receiving the Military Cross), before returning to his studies in 1945. He was then elected to a Fellowship in 1947, and subsequently became their Director of Music from 1957 to 1974. However, he also performed with the Royal College Of Music, The Bach Choir (1960-1998), Salisbury Musical Society (1947-1950), Worcester Cathedral (1950-57), the Three Choirs Festival (1951, 54 & 57), the City of Birmingham Choir, and The Bradford Festival Choral Society (1956-1974).

Willcocks began his musical career at the age of 8, as a chorister at Westminster Abbey (1928-1934) where he was conducted by Sir Edward Elgar. From 1934 to 1938, he studied music at Clifton College, Bristol, before going to Cambridge in 1939. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) in 1971, and was knighted in 1977. Notably in 1981, he was one of musical directors for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.

He is the father of Jonathan Willcocks.

Born: 30th December 1919, in Newquay, Cornwall, England.
Died: 17th September 2015, in England. (natural causes, aged 95)
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Albums

RG 151 David Willcocks - Tudor Church Music - Record Two album art Orlando Gibbons / The King's College Choir Of Cambridge Directed By David Willcocks Orlando Gibbons / The King's College Choir Of Cambridge Directed By David Willcocks - Tudor Church Music - Record Two Argo (2) RG 151 UK 1959 Sell This Version
5523 David Willcocks - A Festival Of Lessons And Carols album art David Willcocks Directing The King's College Choir Of Cambridge David Willcocks Directing The King's College Choir Of Cambridge - A Festival Of Lessons And Carols (Album) London Records, London Records 5523 US 1958 Sell This Version
ZRG 5234 David Willcocks - Motet: Jesu, Priceless Treasure And Sacred Part-Songs album art J. S. Bach* - The Choir Of King's College, Cambridge*, Bernard Richards, Francis Baines, Simon Preston, David Willcocks J. S. Bach* - The Choir Of King's College, Cambridge*, Bernard Richards, Francis Baines, Simon Preston, David Willcocks - Motet: Jesu, Priceless Treasure And Sacred Part-Songs Argo (2) ZRG 5234 UK 1960 Sell This Version
ZRG 5270-2 David Willcocks - St John Passion album art J.S. Bach*Choir Of King's College, Cambridge*Philomusica Of London Directed By David Willcocks J.S. Bach*Choir Of King's College, Cambridge*Philomusica Of London Directed By David Willcocks - St John Passion (Album) Argo (2) ZRG 5270-2 UK 1960 Sell This Version
ZRG 5226 David Willcocks - Mass For 5 Voices / Magnificat And Nunc Dimittis From The Great Service / Ave Verum Corpus album art The King's College Choir Of Cambridge, David Willcocks, William Byrd The King's College Choir Of Cambridge, David Willcocks, William Byrd - Mass For 5 Voices / Magnificat And Nunc Dimittis From The Great Service / Ave Verum Corpus (Album) Argo (2) ZRG 5226 UK 1960 Sell This Version
OS 25285 David Willcocks - A Procession With Carols album art The Choir Of Kings College, Cambridge*, David Willcocks, Simon Preston The Choir Of Kings College, Cambridge*, David Willcocks, Simon Preston - A Procession With Carols (Album) Argo (2) OS 25285 UK 1961 Sell This Version
RG 333 David Willcocks - On Christmas Night album art The Choir Of King's College Cambridge*, The London Symphony Orchestra, Hervey Alan Directed By David Willcocks The Choir Of King's College Cambridge*, The London Symphony Orchestra, Hervey Alan Directed By David Willcocks - On Christmas Night (Album) Argo (2) RG 333 UK 1962 Sell This Version
ZRG 5316 David Willcocks - Tudor Church Music album art John Taverner - The Choir Of King's College Cambridge*, David Willcocks John Taverner - The Choir Of King's College Cambridge*, David Willcocks - Tudor Church Music Argo (2) ZRG 5316 UK 1962 Sell This Version
ZRG 5325 David Willcocks - The Nelson Mass album art Franz Josef Haydn* - Sylvia Stahlman, Helen Watts, Wilfred Brown, Tom Krause, The Choir Of King's College, Cambridge*, The London Symphony Orchestra, David Willcocks Franz Josef Haydn* - Sylvia Stahlman, Helen Watts, Wilfred Brown, Tom Krause, The Choir Of King's College, Cambridge*, The London Symphony Orchestra, David Willcocks - The Nelson Mass (Album) Argo (2) ZRG 5325 Germany 1962 Sell This Version
RG 322 David Willcocks - Excerpts From St John Passion album art Bach*, Peter Pears, David Ward (7), David Willcocks Bach*, Peter Pears, David Ward (7), David Willcocks - Excerpts From St John Passion (Album) Argo (2) RG 322 UK 1960 Sell This Version
5795 David Willcocks - Mass In Three Parts / Mass In Four Parts album art William Byrd, The Choir Of King's College, Cambridge*, David Willcocks William Byrd, The Choir Of King's College, Cambridge*, David Willcocks - Mass In Three Parts / Mass In Four Parts (Album) Argo (2) 5795 UK 1963 Sell This Version
ZRG 5369 David Willcocks - Coronation Anthems album art G. F. Handel* - Choir Of King's College, Cambridge*, English Chamber Orchestra, Thurston Dart, David Willcocks G. F. Handel* - Choir Of King's College, Cambridge*, English Chamber Orchestra, Thurston Dart, David Willcocks - Coronation Anthems Argo (2) ZRG 5369 UK 1963 Sell This Version
RG 369 David Willcocks - Coronation Anthems album art G. F. Handel* - Choir Of King's College, Cambridge*, English Chamber Orchestra, Thurston Dart, David Willcocks G. F. Handel* - Choir Of King's College, Cambridge*, English Chamber Orchestra, Thurston Dart, David Willcocks - Coronation Anthems(LP, Mono) Argo (2) RG 369 UK 1963 Sell This Version
ZRG 5365 David Willcocks - Evensong For Ash Wednesday album art The Choir Of King's College, Cambridge*, David Willcocks The Choir Of King's College, Cambridge*, David Willcocks - Evensong For Ash Wednesday (Album) Argo (2) ZRG 5365 UK 1964 Sell This Version
RG 398 David Willcocks - Stabat Mater album art G.P. da Palestrina*, The Choir Of King's College Cambridge*, David Willcocks G.P. da Palestrina*, The Choir Of King's College Cambridge*, David Willcocks - Stabat Mater Argo (2) RG 398 UK 1964 Sell This Version
ZRG 5450 David Willcocks - A Festival Of Lessons And Carols album art The Choir Of King's College, Cambridge* Directed By David Willcocks The Choir Of King's College, Cambridge* Directed By David Willcocks - A Festival Of Lessons And Carols Argo (2) ZRG 5450 UK 1965 Sell This Version
RG 436 David Willcocks - Tudor Church Music Record 1 album art Tallis*, The Choir Of King's College Cambridge* With C.U.M.S. Chorus* Directed By David Willcocks Tallis*, The Choir Of King's College Cambridge* With C.U.M.S. Chorus* Directed By David Willcocks - Tudor Church Music Record 1 Argo (2) RG 436 UK 1965 Sell This Version
33SX 1782 David Willcocks - Hodie (A Christmas Cantata "This Day") album art Ralph Vaughan Williams, Janet Baker, Richard Lewis (3), John Shirley-Quirk, The Bach Choir, The Choir Of Westminster Abbey, The London Symphony Orchestra, David Willcocks Ralph Vaughan Williams, Janet Baker, Richard Lewis (3), John Shirley-Quirk, The Bach Choir, The Choir Of Westminster Abbey, The London Symphony Orchestra, David Willcocks - Hodie (A Christmas Cantata "This Day") (Album) Columbia 33SX 1782 UK 1965 Sell This Version
ASD. 641 David Willcocks - Byrd And His Contemporaries album art King's College Choir*, David Willcocks King's College Choir*, David Willcocks - Byrd And His Contemporaries (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice ASD. 641 UK 1965 Sell This Version
36275 David Willcocks - Christmas To Candlemas album art King’s College Choir* Conducted By David Willcocks King’s College Choir* Conducted By David Willcocks - Christmas To Candlemas (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice 36275 US 1965 Sell This Version
ZRG 5479 David Willcocks - Tudor Church Music Record II (Including The Lamentations) album art Tallis* - The Choir Of King's College Cambridge*, David Willcocks Tallis* - The Choir Of King's College Cambridge*, David Willcocks - Tudor Church Music Record II (Including The Lamentations) (Album) Argo (2) ZRG 5479 UK 1966 Sell This Version
411 980-1 David Willcocks - Chandos Anthems album art Georg Friedrich Händel, The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, David Willcocks, The King's College Choir Of Cambridge Georg Friedrich Händel, The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, David Willcocks, The King's College Choir Of Cambridge - Chandos Anthems (Album) Argo (2) 411 980-1 UK 1966 Sell This Version
ALP.2262 David Willcocks - Dixit Dominus Psalm 109 album art Händel*, English Chamber Orchestra, The King's College Choir Of Cambridge, David Willcocks Händel*, English Chamber Orchestra, The King's College Choir Of Cambridge, David Willcocks - Dixit Dominus Psalm 109 (Album) EMI ALP.2262 UK 1966 Sell This Version
ZRG 505 David Willcocks - Gloria / Magnificat album art Vivaldi* / Pergolesi* - Elizabeth Vaughan, Janet Baker, Ian Partridge, Christopher Keyte, The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner*, David Willcocks, The Choir Of King's College Cambridge* Vivaldi* / Pergolesi* - Elizabeth Vaughan, Janet Baker, Ian Partridge, Christopher Keyte, The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner*, David Willcocks, The Choir Of King's College Cambridge* - Gloria / Magnificat (Album) Argo (2) ZRG 505 UK 1966 Sell This Version
ALP. 2290 David Willcocks - Sing Praises (From The Cambridge Hymnal) album art Choir Of King's College Cambridge*, David Willcocks Choir Of King's College Cambridge*, David Willcocks - Sing Praises (From The Cambridge Hymnal)(LP, Mono) His Master's Voice ALP. 2290 UK 1966 Sell This Version