Become familiar with Bob Chilcott´s compositions and arrangements. His music is sung by choirs all over the world. The course will be of classical art, and the course is for everyone. We strive to achieve a fine balance between the voices.
Bob Chilcott, described by The Observer as “a contemporary hero of British Choral Music”, is one of the most widely performed composers of choral music in the world. He has a large collection of works published by Oxford University Press which reflects both a wide taste in music styles and a commitment to writing music that is singable and communicative.
His catalogue includes large concert works, smaller pieces for chamber choir and instrumentalists, carols, anthems, service settings, and short secular songs for mixed-voice and upper-voice choir. Large works include Salisbury Vespers, 2009, the Requiem, 2010, and the St John Passion, 2013, as well as The Angry Planet, a 45-minute environmental cantata which he composed for the BBC Proms in 2012. The Requiem has been performed in over 16 countries across the world. The Gloria, 2015, was the culmination of a composer-in-residence project and performed in the USA and Germany over Christmas 2015. It will be recorded next month for a CD of Christmas music alongside his setting of the Wenceslas story. The Voyage was first performed in 2016, and draws together a chamber choir, youth choir, and community choir for Age UK’s Campaign to End Loneliness.
He has an extensive catalogue of sacred music, and composed The King shall rejoice for the service at Westminster Abbey celebrating the diamond jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II. He is regularly commissioned to write music for upper voices, and is currently writing a set of five new upper-voice carols. A Little Jazz Mass and Can you hear me? remain favourites with choirs around the world. Can you hear me was once performed by a choir of more than 7000 children at the 2004 Song Festival in Estonia.
Between 1997 and 2004 he conducted the chorus of The Royal College of Music and since 2002 has been Principal Guest Conductor of The BBC Singers. He has conducted choirs in 30 countries over the last decade, recently in Russia, Canada, USA, Japan, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, and Norway.
Most of his music has been recorded onto CD, by groups including Tenebrae, The Cambridge Singers, King’s College, Cambridge, Westminster Abbey Choir, BBC Singers, King’s Singers, The Sirens, NFL Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir, The Bach Choir, Wells Cathedral Choir, Wellensian Consort, and Commotio. His music is featured on the Signum, Hyperion, and Naxos labels. In the Autumn, Commotio releases a jazz-inspired disc including the Nidaros Jazz Mass, Jazz Songs of Innocence, and Ophelia, Caliban, and Miranda on Naxos, and American choir Choralis releases a disc of music for Christmas, with Wenceslas, Gloria, and Perfect Stranger on Signum.