SIR DAVID WILLCOCKS, CBE, MC (1919-2015) The whole TRBC team were saddened to receive the following notification from Sir David Willcocks’s son, Jonathan shortly after noon yesterday, Thursday 17 September: The family of Sir David Willcocks, CBE MC, are very sorry to have to announce that Sir David passed peacefully away at home in Cambridge earlier today. A private funeral will be held, and further information about a Memorial Concert will be offered at a later date. Sir David’s immense contribution to the wider world of choral music will be extensively written about elsewhere. For the members of The Really Big Chorus in particular, he played an important role in taking the organisation to new heights after conducting his first Messiah from Scratch in 1979, and we owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude. He gave us great support and encouragement by continuing to conduct our Royal Albert Hall concerts right up until his farewell appearance in May 2010, and he also directed TRBC singers on many overseas singing trips and cruises. Members of Sir David’s immediate family often accompanied him to our concerts and on our excursions overseas, and they are known to many of us. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Sir David’s wife Rachel, and to their children, Anne, Jonathan and Sarah.