BBC presents Willcocks Memorial Concert
Last Sunday, King’s hosted the Memorial Concert for Sir David Willcocks, one of King’s great choral directors who died this September aged 95. Set on the feast day of Saint Cecilia (the patroness of musicians), the concert was conducted by King’s Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury.
The tribute included notable performances from King’s College Choir, Gerald Finley (a former choral scholar and now baritone opera singer), and many others. The orchestra was comprised of King’s alumni and colleagues of Sir David Willcocks. The musicians donated their services to the Willcocks Music Trust.
BBC Radio 3 is broadcasting the concert at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, December 1st. The concert then will be available on BBC Radio 3 iPlayer for a limited time.
The programme for the concert is listed below:
Blest pair of Sirens Hubert Parry
Sing joyfully William Byrd
Jehova, quam multi sunt Henry Purcell
Fugue in E flat (St Anne) J.S. Bach
A Hymn to the Virgin Benjamin Britten
Valiant-for-Truth Ralph Vaughan Williams
Requiem Gabriel Fauré
Tom Etheridge & Richard Gowers organ scholars
King’s College Choir
Gerald Finley baritone
Stephen Cleobury conductor
For more information about the Honorary Fellow Sir David Willcocks, please see Sir David Willcocks (1919-2015).