David Willcocks

David Willcocks was born on 13 September 1919 and was to become a chorister at Westminster Abbey, later studying at Clifton College, before becoming an organ scholar at King's College, Cambridge in 1939. His studies were interrupted by World War II, during which he served in the British Infantry, winning the Military Cross in 1944.

He returned to King's College in 1945 to complete his studies, and became a Fellow of King's College in 1947 and conductor of the Cambridge Philharmonic that same year, as well as conductor of the Salisbury Musical Society and organist at Salisbury Cathedral.

In 1950, he took the post of organist at Worcester Cathedral, and became conductor of the Worcester Festival Choral Society and the City of Birmingham Choir, a position he kept for seven years.

By the end of the decade, he was the director of music at King's College Cambridge, the post for which he is most famous. 

David Willcocks
1919 - 2015


Recordings & Broadcasts
by Willcocks in the Archive
          

BBC Music Magazine
article
          

Sir David Willcock's : His life & Music
(superbly illustrated booklet)
          

BBC Choral Evensong from Worcester Cathedral

Only the anthem survives from this broadcast and is an extremely rare example of Willcocks conducting Worcester Cathedral

'The souls of the righteous' by Nares
Broadcast 19 January 1955

BBC Choral Evensongs from King's College

11 February 1959

12 February 1964

1 February 1967

BBC Radio broadcasts

'Choirs & Places Where They Sing'
​1967

'Desert Island Discs'
​1998

'Five Mystical Songs' by Vaughan Williams
​1959

Documentary on Allegri's Miserere.
David Willcocks talks to the adult Roy Goodman about that famous recording.
2006