Sir David Willcocks (December 30 1919 – September 17 2015)


Really I’ve nothing to say about the death of David Willcocks that hasn’t been said by his obituarists far better than I could. The Telegraph has a good  obituary and an even better appreciation. The Guardian has a superb obituary of him here here . If you’ve ever sung a traditional English carol or watched or listened to a Christmas carol service, in particular the Nine Lessons and Carols with the choir of King’s College Cambridge1. then your life was affected by this wonderfully courteous, hard-working, and knowledgeable man. I’ve include two videos below that give some idea of him the first is  "a fascinating discussion between David Willcocks, Stephen Cleobury and Philip Ledger who are the three most recent directors of music at King’s College, Cambridge", while the second is his seminal and now very hard to find recording of Fauré’s Requiem it set the standard against which all other performances are judged and forty eight years later it is still very hard to beat. Requiescat in pace.


David Willcocks | Stephen Cleobury | Philip Ledger


Video Source: David Willcocks | Stephen Cleobury | Philip Ledger – YouTube Published on Dec 31, 2014 by Collegium Regale

Gabriel Fauré – Requiem in D minor, Op. 48 (complete)

  • King’s College Choir, Cambridge
  • New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • John Carol Case (baritone)
  • Robert Chilcott (treble)
  • Sir David Willcocks conducting

Video Source: Gabriel Fauré – Requiem in D minor, Op. 48 (complete) – YouTube Published on 13 May 2014 by slksfca

  1. spiritdei’s channel spiritdei – YouTube is the best resource for King’s videos – mfi

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