Percy Whitlock

Born 1 June 1903. Died 1 May 1946
Percy Whitlock
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.28.6/img/default_artist_images/classical1.jpg
1903-06-01
https://musicbrainz.org/artist/6943f7da-a666-4670-98c3-72da385afa6b
Percy Whitlock

Percy Whitlock Biography (Wikipedia)

Percy William Whitlock (1 June 1903 in Chatham, Kent – 1 May 1946 in Bournemouth), was an English organist and post-romantic composer.

Percy Whitlock studied at London's Royal College of Music with Charles Villiers Stanford and Ralph Vaughan Williams. From 1921-1930, Whitlock was assistant organist at Rochester Cathedral in Kent. He served as Director of Music at St Stephen's Church, Bournemouth for the next five years, combining this from 1932 with the role of that town's borough organist, in which capacity he regularly played at the local Pavilion Theatre. After 1935 he worked for the Pavilion Theatre full-time. A tireless railway enthusiast, he wrote at length and with skill about his interest. Sometimes, for both prose and music, he used the pseudonym "Kenneth Lark." He worked closely with the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra; the orchestra's conductor from 1935-1940 was Richard Austin, whose father Frederic Austin dedicated his Organ Sonata to Whitlock.

Whitlock was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1928. Near the end of his life, he lost his sight altogether, and he died in Bournemouth a few weeks before his 43rd birthday. For decades afterwards he remained largely forgotten. This neglect has eased in recent times, in particular through the activities and publications of the Percy Whitlock Trust, founded in 1983. The Percy Whitlock Trust was wound up in 2017, due to the expiry of copyright on Whitlock's compositions, and its assets and archive transferred to the Royal College of Organists.

This entry is from Wikipedia, the user-contributed encyclopedia. It may not have been reviewed by professional editors and is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons License. If you find the biography content factually incorrect or highly offensive you can edit this article at Wikipedia. Find out more about our use of this data.


Percy Whitlock Tracks

Percy Whitlock
Scherzo (Five Short Pieces for Organ)
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.28.6/img/track_fallback.png
link
Scherzo (Five Short Pieces for Organ)

Sort by

Percy Whitlock
After an old French air
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.28.6/img/track_fallback.png
link
After an old French air
Percy Whitlock
Andante tranquillo (5 Short Pieces for organ)
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.28.6/img/track_fallback.png
link
Andante tranquillo (5 Short Pieces for organ)
Percy Whitlock
Spade and Bucket Polka (Holiday Suite)
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.28.6/img/track_fallback.png
link
Spade and Bucket Polka (Holiday Suite)
Percy Whitlock
Ballet of the Wood Creatures
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.28.6/img/track_fallback.png
link
Ballet of the Wood Creatures
Percy Whitlock
Five Short Pieces
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.28.6/img/track_fallback.png
link
Five Short Pieces
Percy Whitlock
Scherzo (Five Short Pieces for Organ)
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.28.6/img/track_fallback.png
link
Scherzo (Five Short Pieces for Organ)
Percy Whitlock
In the Ballroom (Holiday Suite for orchestra)
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.28.6/img/track_fallback.png
link
In the Ballroom (Holiday Suite for orchestra)
Wells Cathedral Choir
Organ Voluntary: Paean
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/256x256/p0344ss6.jpg
link
Organ Voluntary: Paean
Percy Whitlock
In the Ballroom (Holiday Suite for orchestra)
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.28.6/img/track_fallback.png
link
In the Ballroom (Holiday Suite for orchestra)

In the Ballroom (Holiday Suite for orchestra)

Performer
RTE Concert Orchestra, Gavin Sutherland
Percy Whitlock
Holiday Suite : Spade and Bucket Polka
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.28.6/img/track_fallback.png
link
Holiday Suite : Spade and Bucket Polka

Holiday Suite : Spade and Bucket Polka

Performer
RTE Concert Orchestra, Gavin Sutherland
Daniel Bishop
Fanfare
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.28.6/img/track_fallback.png
link
Fanfare
shaun turnbull & Percy Whitlock
Toccata (Plymouth Suite)
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.28.6/img/track_fallback.png
link
Toccata (Plymouth Suite)

Toccata (Plymouth Suite)

Performer
shaun turnbull & Percy Whitlock
Percy Whitlock
Holiday Suite – Spade and Bucket Polka
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.28.6/img/track_fallback.png
link
Holiday Suite – Spade and Bucket Polka
Percy Whitlock
Allegro risoluto (Plymouth Suite)
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.28.6/img/track_fallback.png
link
Allegro risoluto (Plymouth Suite)
Percy Whitlock
Jesu, grant me this I pray
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.28.6/img/track_fallback.png
link
Jesu, grant me this I pray
Percy Whitlock
Carillon for organ and orchestra
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.28.6/img/track_fallback.png
link
Carillon for organ and orchestra
Percy Whitlock
Scherzo
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.28.6/img/track_fallback.png
link
Scherzo
Percy Whitlock
Fanfare (from Four Extemporisations)
https://static.bbc.co.uk/music_clips/3.0.28.6/img/track_fallback.png
link
Fanfare (from Four Extemporisations)
Load more tracks


Past BBC Events

Proms 1942: Prom 40
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e93p5v
Royal Albert Hall
1942-08-12T01:16:35
12
Aug
1942

Proms 1942: Prom 40

Royal Albert Hall

Back to artist