Prof David Wulstan (1937-2017)

Prof David Wulstan (1937-2017)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

It is with great regret that I report the death of our Honorary Fellow, Prof David Wulstan, who passed away on 6 May. He was 80.

Educated at the Royal Masonic School in Bushey, Hertfordshire, he arrived at Oxford in 1960, where he studied under Bernard Rose at Magdalen College.

A pioneering figure in the understanding and interpretation of early music in general, and of music of the Tudor period in particular, David Wulstan was successively Lecturer in Music at Magdalen (1968-1978), then Professor of Music at Aberystwyth University (1983-1990), where he was elected an Honorary Professor in 2010. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Musicians.

His former students include both Harry Christophers and Sally Dunkley, who went on, respectively, to found and perform in the world-renowned choir, The Sixteen.

David Wulstan was also the founder and conductor of The Clerkes of Oxenford, a ground-breaking and influential vocal group who specialised in Early and Tudor English music.

In 2007, he generously endowed and donated to St Peter's his library of facsimiles and other musical scores.

We send condolences to his family, in particular his widow Susan and his son Philip.

A BBC Radio 3 profile of David Wulstan, recorded in 2013, can be downloaded here.

Mark Damazer CBE
Master, St Peter's College