Willcocks Memorial Appeal

Sir David Willcocks Memorial Appeal

A unique opportunity to honour the legacy of Old Cliftonian, Sir David Willcocks CBE MC (1919-2015) and to support future generations of organists, choristers and musicians at Clifton College in the 150th year of the 1867 Guthrie Memorial Chapel.

The School set out to commission a full twelve-note, one-octave set of the most impressive 32-foot reed pipes to extend the specification of the four-manual 1911 Chapel Organ.

The Appeal was launched at a reception, concert and dinner on the 1st October at Clifton.  The concert featured violinist Julia Hwang OC and organist Charles Matthews OC, and included The Gentlemen of St John’s College, Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha OC and guest of honour Jonathan Willcocks OC.  Pictures from the event can be seen by clicking on the gallery above, and the Memorial Appeal Brochure can be downloaded on the left.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the successful completion of fundraising for the Willcocks Memorial Appeal means that work is now underway on the construction of the the twelve 32-foot Double Ophicleide extension pipes for the chapel organ.

From the photographs below, direct from the workshop of organ-builders Harrison and Harrison in Durham, we can see the construction of the resonators, the actual lengths of pipework that produce the tremendously low and penetrating pitch.  It is traditionally the lowest CCCC pipe, sounding four octaves below middle C - that is inscribed with the individual maker's name.  Around 80 metres of pipe will be needed to complete the set of twelve resonators."

On-site work in the College chapel will begin during the summer months and we shall be pleased you keep you updated with further progress.