David Willison

Born 13 February 1936
David Willison
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1936-02-13
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David Willison

David Willison Biography (Wikipedia)

David Willison (born 13 February 1936) is an English pianist. Between 1961 and 1999 he was the regular accompanist of the baritone Benjamin Luxon in recitals and recordings.

David Willison's earliest performing experience was in the piano trio formed with his brothers John, a violinist and Peter, cellist. This group played nationwide for several years, and performed a series of Wigmore Hall concerts.

Willison studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and after winning the first London Accompanying Scholarship, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He met Benjamin Luxon in 1961 while they were both students at the Guildhall. Their partnership began almost immediately with recitals, the first of their many live broadcasts for the BBC taking place in 1965. Their performances (more than 700) were heard in every British Festival and as far afield as Japan and in concert halls throughout Britain, Europe and the USA. They recorded for Argo, Decca and Chandos with a repertoire from Beethoven, Schubert, Wolf and a major part of the English song repertoire.

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Thomas Case Sterndale Bennett, Benjamin Luxon & David Willison
The Carol Singers
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The Carol Singers

The Carol Singers

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Thomas Case Sterndale Bennett
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Ivor Gurney
Sleep (Five Elizabethan Songs)
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Sleep (Five Elizabethan Songs)
Wilfred Sanderson
Up from Somerset
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Up from Somerset
Trad., Ernest Moeran, David Willison & Benjamin Luxon
The Shooting of his Dear (Six Norfolk Folk Songs, No.5)
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The Shooting of his Dear (Six Norfolk Folk Songs, No.5)
George Butterworth
A Shropshire Lad - Is my Team Ploughing? (feat. Benjamin Luxon & David Willison)
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A Shropshire Lad - Is my Team Ploughing? (feat. Benjamin Luxon & David Willison)
Oscar Rasbach
Trees
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Trees
Ivor Gurney
Severn meadows (Only the wanderer)
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Severn meadows (Only the wanderer)
George Butterworth
Bredon Hill and other songs [from Housman's 'A Shropshire Lad']
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Bredon Hill and other songs [from Housman's 'A Shropshire Lad']
George Butterworth
Six Songs from AE Housman's A Shropshire lad
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Six Songs from AE Housman's A Shropshire lad
Ivor Gurney
Down by the Salley Gardens
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Down by the Salley Gardens
Aldrin Davis
God will watch over you
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God will watch over you
May Brahe
Bless this house
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Bless this house
Robert Coningsby Clarke
The Blind Ploughman
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The Blind Ploughman
Roger Quilter
Go, lovely rose, Op 24 No 3
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Go, lovely rose, Op 24 No 3
David Willison
Sweet Nightingale
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Sweet Nightingale

Sweet Nightingale

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Traditional Cornish
Music Arranger
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David Willison
Die Schone Mullerin - song-cycle (D.795), no.6; Der Neugierige
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Die Schone Mullerin - song-cycle (D.795), no.6; Der Neugierige
David Willison
Silent Noon (The House of Life)
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Silent Noon (The House of Life)
David Willison
On Bredon Hill (Bredon Hill)
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On Bredon Hill (Bredon Hill)
Benjamin Luxon
I praise the tender flower for voice and piano
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I praise the tender flower for voice and piano
David Willison
4 Last songs - Tired (No.2 of Four Last Songs)
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4 Last songs - Tired (No.2 of Four Last Songs)
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