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In a series celebrating the 90th birthday of choral conductor and composer David Willcocks, Aled Jones talks to him about his life and recent recording with the BBC Singers.

Sir David Willcocks has been at the heart of British musical life for more than half a century. To celebrate his 90th birthday, the BBC Singers have recorded a special programme of music chosen by SIr David himself. In the first of two programmes looking at his life, Aled Jones talks to him to find out more about his choices.

1 hour, 30 minutes

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Sun 24 Jan 2010 18:30

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Music Played

  • Maurice Duruflé

    Requiem

    Performer: Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano) Performer: Stephen Roberts (Baritone) Performer: Timothy Hugh (Cello) Performer: John Butt (Organ) Performer: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge Performer: Sir Philip Ledger

    • EMI 0946 3 79994 2 4.
  • Henry Walford Davies

    God be in my Head

    Performer: BBC Singers Performer: Sir David Willcocks

    • BBC Studio Recording.
  • Ernest Bullock

    Give us the wings of faith

    Performer: Iain Farrington (Organ) Performer: BBC Singers Performer: Sir David Willcocks

    • BBC Studio Recording.
  • Boris Ord

    Adam Lay y Bounden

    Performer: BBC Singers Performer: Sir David Willcocks

    • BBC Studio Recording.
  • Thomas Weelkes

    When David heard that Absalom was slain

    Performer: BBC Singers Performer: Sir David Willcocks

    • BBC Studio Recording.
  • Thomas Tomkins

    When David heard that Absalom was slain

    Performer: BBC Singers Performer: Sir David Willcocks

    • BBC Studio Recording.
  • Reginald Jacques

    The Linden Tree Carol

    Performer: BBC Singers Performer: Sir David Willcocks

    • BBC Studio Recording.
  • Herbert Howells

    A Spotless Rose

    Performer: Edward Price (Baritone) Performer: BBC Singers Performer: Sir David Willcocks

    • BBC Studio Recording.
  • Cole Porter

    I Love You, Samanatha

    Performer: The King’s Singers

    • EL RECORDS ACMEM50CD.
    • 3.
  • John Rutter

    Folk Song arr. Rutter: Barbara Allen

    Performer: The King’s Singers

    • EMI 7 47506 2.
    • 2.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    The Long Day Closes

    Performer: The King’s Singers

    • SIGCD147.
    • 19.

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