David Willcocks

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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David Willcocks Discography

Albums

The King's College Choir Of Cambridge Directed By David Willcocks The King's College Choir Of Cambridge Directed By David Willcocks - A Festival Of Lessons And Carols (Album) Argo (2) UK 1959 Sell This Version
William Byrd, The Choir Of King's College, Cambridge*, David Willcocks William Byrd, The Choir Of King's College, Cambridge*, David Willcocks - Mass For 5 Voices / Magnificat And Nunc Dimittis From The Great Service / Ave Verum Corpus (Album) Argo (2) UK 1960 Sell This Version
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) UK 1960 Sell This Version
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) UK 1960 Sell This Version
The Choir Of King's College, Cambridge* Directed By David Willcocks The Choir Of King's College, Cambridge* Directed By David Willcocks - A Procession With Carols Argo (2) UK 1961 Sell This Version
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) UK 1962 Sell This Version
Haydn*, Sylvia Stahlman, Helen Watts, Wilfred Brown, Tom Krause, David Willcocks, London Symphony Orchestra*, Choeur Du King's College De Cambridge* Haydn*, Sylvia Stahlman, Helen Watts, Wilfred Brown, Tom Krause, David Willcocks, London Symphony Orchestra*, Choeur Du King's College De Cambridge* - The Nelson Mass Argo (2) France 1962 Sell This Version
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) UK 1962 Sell This Version
RG 325 F. J. Haydn*, The King's College Choir Of Cambridge, The London Symphony Orchestra, David Willcocks F. J. Haydn*, The King's College Choir Of Cambridge, The London Symphony Orchestra, David Willcocks - The Nelson Mass(LP) Argus RG 325 UK 1962 Sell This Version
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) UK 1963 Sell This Version
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 Argo (2) UK 1963 Sell This Version
ZRG 5322 Bach*, Peter Pears, David Ward (7), David Willcocks Bach*, Peter Pears, David Ward (7), David Willcocks - Excerpts From St John Passion(LP) Argo (2) ZRG 5322 UK 1963 Sell This Version
The Choir Of King's College, Cambridge*, David Willcocks The Choir Of King's College, Cambridge*, David Willcocks - Evensong For Ash Wednesday Argo (2) UK 1964 Sell This Version
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) UK 1964 Sell This Version
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) UK 1965 Sell This Version
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) UK 1965 Sell This Version
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") Columbia UK 1965 Sell This Version
King's College Choir*, David Willcocks King's College Choir*, David Willcocks - Byrd And His Contemporaries His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice UK 1965 Sell This Version
ASD 653 King’s College Choir* Conducted By David Willcocks King’s College Choir* Conducted By David Willcocks - Christmas To Candlemas(LP) His Master's Voice ASD 653 UK 1965 Sell This Version
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 Argo (2) UK 1966 Sell This Version
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) Argo (2) UK 1966 Sell This Version
ASD 2290 Choir Of King's College Cambridge*, David Willcocks Choir Of King's College Cambridge*, David Willcocks - Sing Praises (From The Cambridge Hymnal)(LP) His Master's Voice ASD 2290 UK 1966 Sell This Version
APR 606 Peter Hurford, Simon Preston, Felix Aprahamian, Francis Jackson, Martin Neary (2), James Blades, Allan Wicks, The King's College Choir Of Cambridge, Andrew Davis, David Willcocks, The Jacques Orchestra, Gillian Weir, Sir John Dykes Bower, John Birch Peter Hurford, Simon Preston, Felix Aprahamian, Francis Jackson, Martin Neary (2), James Blades, Allan Wicks, The King's College Choir Of Cambridge, Andrew Davis, David Willcocks, The Jacques Orchestra, Gillian Weir, Sir John Dykes Bower, John Birch - Organ In Sanity & Madness(LP, Album) Abbey APR 606 UK 1966 Sell This Version
ALP.2262 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)(LP) His Master's Voice ALP.2262 UK 1966 Sell This Version
ZRG 5490 Handel* - Elizabeth Vaughan, Alexander Young, Forbes Robinson, Choir Of King's College, Cambridge*, David Willcocks, The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Handel* - Elizabeth Vaughan, Alexander Young, Forbes Robinson, Choir Of King's College, Cambridge*, David Willcocks, The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Chandos Anthems (O Praise The Lord / Let God Arise)(LP) Argo (2) ZRG 5490 UK 1966 Sell This Version

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