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Sir David Willcocks, Merv Adelson, Mariem Hassan, Brian Close, Beryl Renwick

Matthew Bannister on choirmaster David Willcocks, TV producer Merv Adelson, singer Mariem Hassan, cricketer Brian Close and radio presenter Beryl Renwick.

Matthew Bannister on

Sir David Willcocks - one of the most influential choir masters of his generation. Known for his descants to Christmas carols, he was director of music at King's College Cambridge for 17 years - and led the Bach choir for 38.

Merv Adelson the property developer who founded the TV company Lorimar which made hits like the Waltons, Dallas and Knots Landing.

Mariem Hassan, the singer from the marginalised Sahrawi people who used her music to promote their cause.

Brian Close the Yorkshire and England cricket captain noted for his courage at the crease.

And Beryl Renwick who became a presenter on BBC Radio Humberside in her eighties and won the industry's top award.

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28 minutes

Sir David Willcocks (pictured)

Matthew spoke to one of the original King’s Singers, who sang under Sir David in King’s College Cambridge, Alastair Hume

Born 30 December 1919; died 17 September 2015 aged 95. 

Merv Adelson

Matthew spoke to journalist Bryan Burrough

Born 23 October 1929; died 8 September 2015 aged 85. 

Mariem Hassan

Matthew spoke to world music expert Robin Denselow and Manuel Dominguez who was Mariem Hassan’s music producer in Spain.

Born May 1958; died 22 August 2015 aged 57.

Brian Close

Matthew spoke to fellow Yorkshire and England cricketer Ray Illingworth and the BBC’s Cricket Correspondent Jonathan Agnew.

Born 24 February 1931; died 14 September 2015 aged 84.

Beryl Renwick

Matthew spoke to David Reeves her co-presenter and producer on the Beryl and Betty Show.

Born 29 January 1926; died 7 September 2015 aged 89. 


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Producer Neil George