Arthur Wills


Dr. Arthur Wills (b. 1926) was Director of Music at Ely Cathedral from 1958 to 1990, and also held a Professorship at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 1964 until 1992. He has toured extensively as a recitalist in Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, and has broadcast, appeared on TV and made many recordings, both as a soloist and with the Ely Choir. His secular music includes seven song cycles, and an opera, Winston and Julia, based on the George Orwell novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. He has composed prolifically for the organ, and his ensemble works include a Concerto with Strings and Timpani, a Concerto for Guitar and Organ, and a Symphonic Suite: The Fenlands for Brass Band and Organ. His Choral Concerto, The Gods of Music for Organ, Chorus and Brass with Percussion Ensemble was commissioned for the Biannual Keyboard Festival of the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia in 1992. His book, ORGAN, appeared in the Menuhin Music Guide Series in 1984, with a second edition in 1993 and a third reprint in 1997. The Ely Choir has recorded a CD of his choral and organ music from 1955 to 1990 on Herald AV Publications HAVPCD 197. In May 1999 Hyperion Records reissued two recordings from the early 80's on one CD - his Symphonic Suite: The Fenlands for Organ and Brass Band, including also music by Elgar and Walton, together with Dr. Wills' transcription of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition for solo Organ (CDH55003). His recording entitled Ful...

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