Willcocks, (Sir) David (Valentine)

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Willcocks, (Sir) David (Valentine) (b Newquay, 1919). Eng. conductor, organist, composer, and teacher. Org., Salisbury Cath., 1947–50, Worcester Cath. 1950–7. Cond. City of Birmingham Ch. 1950–7, Bradford Festival Choral Soc. 1955–74. Dir. of mus., King's College, Cambridge, 1957–73, univ. org., 1958–74, cond. Cambridge Univ. Mus. Soc. 1958–73, lect. Cambridge Univ. 1957–74. Mus. dir., Bach Ch. 1960–96. Cond. f.p. in Italy of Britten's War Requiem, Milan 1963. Dir., RCM 1974–84. Expert cond. of Eng. mus. of which he has made many recordings. Comp. church mus., arr. carols. CBE 1971. Knighted 1977.