‘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 is one of the most active composers and choral conductors in Britain today. He has been involved in choral music most of his life, as a chorister in the choir of King's College, Cambridge, then a Choral Scholar at King’s, and between 1985 and 1997 a member of the British vocal group The King's Singers. He has been a full-time composer since 1997. Described by the Observer newspaper as “a contemporary hero of British Choral Music”, he has over 130 pieces published by Oxford University Press, and versions of several of his pieces are published in German, Swedish, Norwegian, Slovenian, and Icelandic.
Over the past two years two larger-scale works have been premièred - Salisbury Vespers in May 2009 by 600 musicians in Salisbury Cathedral, and in March 2010 Requiem was premièred by Nicholas Cleobury, The Oxford Bach Choir, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to great critical acclaim. The cantata The Making of the Drum has been performed across the globe, as has A Little Jazz Mass in both mixed and upper-voice versions, and his catalogue of music has gained a large following throughout the world.
Since 2002 Bob has been Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Singers in London. He has also conducted many other distinguished choirs including The RIAS Kammerchor in Berlin, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, The World Youth Choir, and the Taipei Chamber Singers. Over the coming year he will conduct the Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir and begin a two-year project with The Kyoto Echo Choir in Japan. He regularly leads singing days for communities and schools in Britain, and over the past twelve years has conducted and given workshops in 23 countries worldwide. This year he is Composer-in- Residence at Festival 500 in Newfoundland, Canada, and will also give workshops at the 9th IFCM World Choral Symposium in Patagonia.
He has two critically acclaimed recordings on the Signum label, The Making of the Drum with the BBC Singers and Making Waves with the women’s choir The Sirens. His music has been recorded by many other choirs including King’s College Choir, Cambridge, The Cambridge Singers, The Sixteen, Westminster Abbey Choir, Grex Musicus from Helsinki, and The Chamber Choir of Europe. He wrote the title track for the newly-released King’s Singers album, Swimming over London and his piece Irish Blessing was featured on the multi-platinum debut album of The Priests. A recording of his Requiem was released in 2012 on Hyperion to critical acclaim, performed by Wells Cathedral Choir.