for SATB choir, upper voice choir, piano duet, and optional percussionThis is a vibrant and varied choral cantata in five movements. Together the movements evoke a contemporary impression of London's sights, sounds, and moods. The music is irresistible, by turns contemplative and thrilling.All adult performers sing or play from the vocal score, which is also available on hire. The upper voice parts are published separately as London Bells.
Bob Chilcott (b.1955)
"Bob Chilcott's Songs and Cries of London Town is described tongue-in-cheekily in the frontispiece as a 'capital' choral cantata. With London as its subject matter it is that, most certainly. It is also 'capital' in the old fogeyish sense of the word - good, very good . . . This is a work that would amply reward the attentions of any good choral society or strong school choir searching for a show-stopping 15-minute work with which to finish a concert." - Christopher Field, Music Teacher, August 02
"The music for the upper-voice choir, in the third and fifth movements, simple and in unison for the most part, gives a good opportunity for youngsters to join adults in a concerted work - an increasingly popular format. For the SATB
singers the challenges of tricky rhythm and occasional sly modulation would soon be surmounted, given the expertly grateful and encouraging part writing . . . Throughout, the music is unfailingly attractive, with lively ostinatos and cross-rhythms in the fast movements and, equally characteristic of Bob Chilcott's work, a delicate lyricism in the slow ones. This would be a happy, light-hearted and not too demanding item for a celebratory programme." - Howard Layfied, Mastersinger Spring 2002
The flower of Cities all
Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802