Choral Workshop and Informal Concert 1999 directed by Sir David Willcocks
Type: Choral Workshop
Date: Saturday 26 June 1999

Choral Workshop and Informal Concert

Sir David Willcocks: Conductor
Peter Adcock Piano
Alison Chryssides: Soprano
Carolyn Harries: Alto
Adrian Clifford: Tenor
John Hobbs: Bass

Mozart: Requiem
Rutter: Magnificat


Sir David Willcocks is regarded as the world’s pre-eminent conductor and teacher of choral music. Born in Newquay, Cornwall, Sir David began his musical training at the age of eight as a chorister at Westminster Abbey, later winning scholarships to Clifton College and King’s College Cambridge. He was 19 when he joined the Army in 1940, just one year into his Organ Scholarship at King's. During his war service he served in the 5th Battalion Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, becoming a Captain in 1944 and awarded the Military Cross during the Normandy campaign of that year. After his war service he was elected Fellow of King’s College Cambridge, and appointed conductor of the Cambridge Philharmonic Society. Subsequently he became Organist of Salisbury Cathedral, and later of Worcester Cathedral, conducting at the Three Choirs Festival from 1950 to 1957.
For 16 years from 1957 to 1973 he held the important post of Director of Music at King’s College Cambridge. During this time Sir David brought the Kings College Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols to ever widening audiences through television, radio broadcasts to more and more countries, and numerous carol recordings. In 1960, in addition to his duties at Kings, at the age of 40, Sir David became Musical Director of the Bach Choir, where he developed and guided the choir to the pre-eminent position it occupies today on the British choral scene. He relinquished the post in Easter 1998, and remains their Conductor Laureate. His third important post was Director of the Royal College of Music in London from 1974 to 1984.

Sir David was knighted in the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Honours List and has been awarded honorary degrees in the USA and Canada as well as the Universities of Bradford, Bristol, Exeter, Leicester and Sussex in England. Even at the age of 89 Sir David maintains a busy schedule of concerts including recent visits to the USA, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, and many European countries.

Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon


St Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB


1. Long Stay Public Carpark ½ mile from the church, reached through the village or off the A379 coast road to Torquay, postcode TQ14 0HP – 381 spaces, “pay & display” during the day but free after 6.00pm. Allow 15 minutes for the blue walking route shown.
2. Short Stay Public Carpark, opposite the church, postcode TQ14 0BP – 48 spaces, “pay & display” subject to a short stay 4 hour limit during the day but free after 6.00pm.
3. Extra parking – limited space adjoining the recreation ground reached from Ringmore Road but with easy pedestrian access to the Church along the estuary embankment. If using this area, please park “tidily” to maximise the usable space; this area is only available for parking as a special arrangement for the Festival.


Please telephone Malcolm Watson on 01626 873492 if you need help with letting someone alight at the church and/or need seating space for a wheelchair. In addition, there are a very few parking spaces close to the church which we can reserve for those with mobility difficulties on a first come, first served, basis.