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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RG 151 Tudor Church Music - Record Two — David Willcocks 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
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5523 A Festival Of Lessons And Carols — David Willcocks 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
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ZRG 5234 Motet: Jesu, Priceless Treasure And Sacred Part-Songs — David Willcocks 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
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ZRG 5270-2, ZRG 5270 St John Passion — David Willcocks J.S. Bach*The Choir Of King's College, Cambridge*Philomusica Of London Directed By David Willcocks J.S. Bach*The Choir Of King's College, Cambridge*Philomusica Of London Directed By David Willcocks - St John Passion (Album) Argo (2) ZRG 5270-2, ZRG 5270 UK 1960 Sell This Version
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ZRG 5226 Mass For 5 Voices / Magnificat And Nunc Dimittis From The Great Service / Ave Verum Corpus — David Willcocks 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
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OS 25285 A Procession With Carols — David Willcocks 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
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RG 333 On Christmas Night — David Willcocks 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
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ZRG 5316 Tudor Church Music — David Willcocks 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
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ZRG 5325 The Nelson Mass — 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 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
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RG 322 Excerpts From St John Passion — David Willcocks 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
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5795 Mass In Three Parts / Mass In Four Parts — David Willcocks 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
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ZRG 5369 Coronation Anthems — David Willcocks 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 (Album) Argo (2) ZRG 5369 UK 1962 Sell This Version
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ZRG 5365 Evensong For Ash Wednesday — David Willcocks 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
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RG 398 Stabat Mater — David Willcocks 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
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SOEX 9548 Family Carols — David Willcocks The Bach Choir and The Jacques Orchestra, Conducted By David Willcocks* The Bach Choir and The Jacques Orchestra, Conducted By David Willcocks* - Family Carols(LP, Album) Columbia SOEX 9548 Australia 1965 Sell This Version
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ZRG 5450 A Festival Of Lessons And Carols — David Willcocks 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
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RG 436 Tudor Church Music Record 1 — David Willcocks 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
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33SX 1782 Hodie (A Christmas Cantata 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
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ASD. 641 Byrd And His Contemporaries — David Willcocks 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
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36275 Christmas To Candlemas — David Willcocks 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
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ZRG 5479 Tudor Church Music Record II (Including The Lamentations) — David Willcocks 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
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ZRG 5490 Chandos Anthems — David Willcocks Handel*, Elizabeth Vaughan, Alexander Young, Forbes Robinson, Choir of King's College Cambridge*, The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Conducted by David Willcocks Handel*, Elizabeth Vaughan, Alexander Young, Forbes Robinson, Choir of King's College Cambridge*, The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Conducted by David Willcocks - Chandos Anthems (Album) Argo (2) ZRG 5490 UK 1966 Sell This Version
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ALP.2262 Dixit Dominus Psalm 109 — David Willcocks 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
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ZRG 505 Gloria / Magnificat — David Willcocks 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
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ALP. 2290 Sing Praises (From The Cambridge Hymnal) — David Willcocks 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