One of the finest choral composers at work in Britain today
Marc Rochester, Gramophone Magazine
His music possesses the winning combination of melodic beauty, harmonic attractiveness, imaginative textures and thematic development, which together form an immediately appealing style reaching across the age barrier in any choir.
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 Kings, 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.
Since 1997, Bob has poured his energy into choral composition, conducting, and promoting choral singing throughout the world. He is particularly well-known for his compositions for children's choir, as well as an extensive catalogue of works for both large- and smaller-scale mixed choirs.
His most recent large-scale commissioned work, premiered in May 2009, is Salisbury Vespers, a fifty-five minute work for large chorus and orchestra which was commissioned by six musical organisations in Salisbury.
As a conductor Bob has worked extensively with choirs and festivals throughout the world. For seven years he was conductor of the Chorus at the Royal College of Music, and is now Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Singers, with whom he works regularly in studio recordings and concerts. He has also guest conducted the RIAS Kammerchor in Berlin, and the Elmer Iseler Singers in Toronto, and makes regular appearances at festivals throughout the world, including Festival 500 in Newfoundland, Niagara and Toronto International Choral Festivals, and The World of Children's Choirs in Vancouver. He has also directed for Dartington International Music Festival, Europa Cantat, and the Japan Choral Association. In 2003 Bob was the first non-American conductor to conduct a National Honor Choir for the American Choral Directors Association and in 2004 the first foreign conductor to conduct at the Song Festival in Tallinn, Estonia.
Song Festival in Tallinn, Estonia.