A Memorial Concert to Celebrate the Life of Sir David Willcocks
St Mary’s Calne is delighted to announce a memorial concert celebrating the life of Sir David Willcocks on Sunday 20th November 2016 at 7pm at Salisbury Cathedral. Sir David was a visiting Director of Music at St Mary’s Calne from 1948 to 1950, whilst Head organist at the Cathedral, as well as a Governor of the School from 1986.
Sir David Willcocks was the most influential composer, musical director and choirmaster of his generation, spending 17 years as Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge, and 38 years in charge of the Bach Choir. He was a man of immense courage in both musical and military fields, earning an MC during his war service in Normandy.
This exciting and unique event will be hosted by Petroc Trelawny, BBC Radio 3 Presenter and attended by a number of leading composers and musicians including Jonathan Willcocks, Sir David’s son, who will be conducting the premier of his commissioned piece ‘Sing unto the Lord’ which he has written to celebrate his father’s life.
Bob Chilcott will also be attending and conducting two of his popular compositions ‘Mid-Winter’ and ‘This Joy’ and James Lancelot, Director of Music and Organist at Durham Cathedral and former Organ Scholar of Sir David’s, will be performing William Mathias’ Toccata Giocosa, of which Sir David gave the first performance.
St Mary’s Calne ensembles will perform along with alumnae, staff and parents and also children from preparatory and junior schools in the South West of England. The concert aims to provide young people with the opportunity to perform outstanding music in a magnificent setting. The ticket sales will raise funds for music bursaries and scholarships at St Mary’s Calne.
Tickets are £25 and include a beautiful souvenir programme.