Jonathan Willcocks



Jonathan Willcocks was born in Worcester, England, in 1953 and after early musical training as a chorister at King's College Cambridge and an Open Music Scholar at Clifton College he took an Honours degree in Music from Cambridge University where he held a choral scholarship at Trinity College. He has since received the award of HonRAM from the Royal Academy of Music in London.

He is currently Musical Director of two major large choruses in UK, the Chichester Singers and the Portsmouth Choral Union and is also Musical Director of the professional chamber orchestra Southern Pro Musica. Freelance conducting and workshop engagements in recent seasons have taken him to many parts of the world including USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, China and most of the European countries as well as the United Kingdom.

Jonathan's compositions encompass large-scale orchestral scores and chamber music in addition to many choral works, and his music is published principally by Oxford University Press, Lorenz (USA) and MorningStar / Prime Music. Jonathan's music is widely performed and recorded with three CDs issued by Priory Records devoted to his choral music, three CDs of music for children's choir and a new recording of his works for narrator and orchestra with the distinguished musician and broadcaster Brian Kay. His choral repertoire has also been recorded by many other well-known choirs such as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the London Bach Choir. Much of his music has been written to commission, including works for the historic Three Choirs Festival, Chichester Festivities and many choirs, orchestras and ensembles in UK, USA and Canada and his choral music has been recognised by nomination for the Academy of Composers and Songwriters prestigious British Composer Awards. Performers and audiences alike are attracted to his vibrantly rhythmic and tuneful compositional style. Full details of his music, including samples of recordings, can be found at www.jonathanwillcocks.com

Jonathan's extensive choral and orchestral conducting experience results in many invitations to take choral workshops and adjudicate competitions and festivals including acting as Chairman of the Jury for the prestigious Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Choral Competition in Toronto and Montreal. Although his career now focuses principally on his conducting and composition work, he has in past held major posts in general and specialist music education - most recently at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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