Sir David Willcocks was in fine form for the Celebration Concert held in his honour on 15 May

Sir David Willcocks was in fine form for the Celebration Concert held in his honour on 15 May

Saturday 15 May 2010

The Scratch® Celebration for Sir David Willcocks

Royal Albert Hall

Handel: Zadok the priest and The King shall rejoice
Items from the King’s Choristers (Franck: Panis Angelicus; Hurford: Litany to the Holy Spirit; Mendelssohn: I waited for the Lord; Stanford: A Song of Wisdom)
Willcocks: Sing! (an arrangement of Widor’s Toccata)
Vivaldi: Gloria

Saturday 15 May was a simply tremendous occasion! Everything combined to make this a magnificent celebration for Sir David Willcocks, marking all he has achieved for choral music in this country and indeed the world over. There were speeches from Don Monro and from Brian Kay, and many spontaneous anecdotes from Sir David himself who, at the age of 90, conducted the entire concert himself with enviable verve and vigour. Our ‘surprise guests’ remained a surprise until the moment when the Choristers of King’s College, Cambridge took to the stage  to a chorus of ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaahs’ from choirs and audience alike.  Sir David was presented with a volume of good wishes from TRBC members, and it was truly a night to remember. 

The soloists in this performance were soprano Sarah Power and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Lewis. Our featured guest artists were the Choristers of King’s College, Cambridge with their Director Stephen Cleobury accompanied on the organ by Stephen Disley and the organ soloist in Widor’s Toccata (alias Sing!) was Jane Watts.  The orchestra was the English Festival Orchestra, led by Adrian Levine, and the conductor was Brian Kay.

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