‘One of the finest choral composers at work in Britain today’
Marc Rochester, Gramophone Magazine
‘Chilcott's music is understandably popular with choirs, and
while he adheres to a directly accessible style with much
emphasis on consonant chords, he has the skill to make
everything just that little bit intriguing through an odd
harmonic twist here or an unexpected melodic turn there.’
Bob Chilcott, described by The Observer as “a contemporary hero of British Choral Music”, has become one of the most widely performed composers of choral music in the world. He has a large catalogue of works published by Oxford University Press which reflects his wide taste in music styles and his commitment to writing music that is both singable and communicative.
From his catalogue of larger works, Salisbury Vespers, written in 2009, was first performed by over 600 singers and players in Salisbury Cathedral. His Requiem, of 2010 has now been performed in sixteen countries, and his large-scale cantata, The Angry Planet, was premièred in the 2012 BBC Proms by 550 adult and young singers. In March 2013 his St John Passion was premièred in Wells Cathedral by the Cathedral Choir conducted by Matthew Owens. Most recently he wrote The King shall rejoice for the service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second.
Of his smaller works, A Little Jazz Mass remains a favourite with choirs around the world as do many of his pieces for children’s choir, including the piece with sign language, Can you hear me? which was performed at the 2004 Song Festival in Estonia by over 7000 children.
Between 1997 and 2004 he was conductor of the chorus of The Royal College of Music in London and since 2002 he has been Principal Guest Conductor of The BBC Singers. He has been privileged to conduct many choirs in some 30 countries over the last ten years. Over the coming eighteen months he will conduct in Russia, Canada, the USA, Japan, Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.
There are four recordings of his music on the Signum label performed by The BBC Singers, The King’s Singers, The Sirens, and The NFL Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir. His Requiem is recorded on the Hyperion label by the Choir of Wells Cathedral, who will also record his St John Passion in 2014. In 2013 an album of his music was released on the Naxos label by The Wellensian Consort and in the autumn of the same year Naxos will release a recording of his Christmas music sung by the chamber choir Commotio. His music has been recorded by many other choirs and groups including Tenebrae, The Cambridge Singers, The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and The Choir of Westminster Abbey.