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Sir David Valentine Willcocks CBE MC (30 December 1919 – 17 September 2015) was a British choral conductor, organist, composer and music administrator. He was particularly well known for his association with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, which he directed from 1957 to 1974, making frequent broadcasts and recordings. Several of the descants and carol arrangements he wrote for the annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols were published in the series of books Carols for Choirs which he edited along with Reginald Jacques and John Rutter. He was also director of the Royal College of Music in London.

During the Second World War (1939–1945) he served as an officer in the British Army, and was decorated with the Military Cross for his actions on Hill 112 during the Battle of Normandy in July 1944. His elder son, Jonathan Willcocks, is also a composer.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 A Christmas Festival: 26 Favourite Carols The Bach Choir, Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, Philip Jones, Sir David Willcocks 1
1983 Handel Coronation Anthems Choir of King’s College, Cambridge,English Chamber Orchestra, Sir Philip Ledger,Sir David Willcocks 1
1988 Allegri: Miserere / Palestrina: Stabat Mater / Litaniae de Beata Virgine Maria Allegri, Palestrina; King’s College Choir, Willcocks 2
1988 Haydn: Nelson Mass / Vivaldi: Gloria Haydn, Vivaldi; Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir David Willcocks 1
1991 Byrd motets in paired settings with Palestrina, Philips, Gabrieli, Victoria, Lassus Choir of King’s College, Cambridge & Sir David Willcocks 1
1992 Family Carols The Bach Choir, Fanfare Trumpeters of the Royal Military School of Music, Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble, Sir David Willcocks 2
1992 Cantata No. 147 / Three Motets Johann Sebastian Bach; Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir David Willcocks 1
1992 Messiah Handel; James Bowman, Robert Tear, Benjamin Luxon, Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir David Willcocks 1
1993 Requiem / Pavane Gabriel Fauré; Robert Chilcott, John Carol Case, Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir David Willcocks 1
1993 Carols for Advent Choir of King’s College, Cambridge; Simon Preston, Sir David Willcocks 1
1995 Messiah Handel; NightPro Symphony Orchestra, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Sir David Willcocks 2
1996 3 Masses / Mass "The Western Wind" William Byrd / John Taverner; Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Sir David Willcocks 2
1997 Coronation Anthems George Frideric Handel; Stadsknapenkoor Elburg, Dutch Baroque Orchestra, Sir David Willcocks 1
2000 Hodie / Fantasia on Christmas Carols Vaughan Williams; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir David Willcocks 2
2003 Carols From King's Choir of King’s College, Cambridge; Sir David Willcocks 2
2004 Byrd and his Contemporaries Choir of King’s College, Cambridge / Sir David Willcocks 1
2008 Hymn to Dionysus / Choral Hymns / Two Eastern Pictures Gustav Holst; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal College of Music Chamber Choir, Sir David Willcocks 1
Carols for Christmas, Volumes I and II Royal College of Music Chamber Choir; David Willcocks 1
Riders to the Sea / Epithalamion / Merciless Beauty Vaughan Williams; Philip Langridge, Meredith Davies, Sir David Willcocks 1
St. Matthew Passion Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Choir, Sir David Willcocks 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Flos Campi / An Oxford Elegy / Magnificat / Fantasia on the old 104th Vaughan Williams; Sir David Willcocks, Meredith Davies, Sir Adrian Boult 1
1997 Requiem Gabriel Fauré; Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, David Willcocks 1
2000 Haydn: Nelson Mass / Vivaldi: Gloria / Handel: Zadok the Priest Haydn, Vivaldi, Handel; King’s College Choir, Willcocks 2
British Composers: Vaughan Williams / Finzi / Holst Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Holst; Sir David Willcocks, Stephen Cleobury, Richard Hickox, Sir Adrian Boult 1
Carol Symphony Hely-Hutchinson; Barry Rose, Sir David Willcocks 1
The World of King's Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Sir David Willcocks 1

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