Robert "Bob" Chilcott (born 9 April
1955) is a British choral composer, conductor, and singer, based in Oxford,
Born in Plymouth, Chilcott sang in the Choir of King's College, Cambridge,
both as a boy and as a university student. He performed the Pie Jesu of
Fauré's Requiem on the 1967 recording. In 1985 he joined the King's Singers,
singing tenor for 12 years. He has been a composer since 1997.
Chilcott is well known for his compositions for children’s choirs, including
Can You Hear Me?, which he has conducted in the United States, Canada,
Australia, Japan, Estonia, Latvia, Germany, and the Czech Republic. He is
associated with the New Orleans Children’s Chorus and the Crescent City
Festival in New Orleans, for which he wrote Jazz Mass, Happy Land, This Day,
Be Simple Little Children, and for the 2009 festival, I Lift My Eyes.
Chilcott originally wrote This Day, a setting of five poems, for a 2006
choral festival in New Orleans which was cancelled after Hurricane Katrina.
The work was eventually premiered on 25 June 2007 at St. Louis Cathedral in
New Orleans, by 210 singers from around the United States.
His cantata for choir and percussion The Making of the Drum has been
performed by the BBC Singers, the New Zealand Youth Choir, the Chamber Choir
of Europe, and the Taipei Chamber Singers. Chilcott wrote two larger sacred
works, Canticles of Light and Jubilate. The Addison singers performed
Canticles of Light in London in 2004 and Jubilate in 2005, both in London
and in Carnegie Hall. In 2008, Oxford University Press published his
Aesop's Fables for SATB and piano ("The Hare and the Tortoise"; "The
Mountain in Labour"; "The Fox and the Grapes"; "North Wind and the Sun";
"The Goose and the Swan").
Chilcott was the conductor of the chorus at the Royal College of Music in
London for seven years, and is Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Singers.
Chilcott’s Requiem was premiered on 13 March 2010 at the Sheldonian in
Oxford by the Oxford Bach Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,
conducted by Nicholas Cleobury. Chilcott conducted the premiere of his
On Christmas Night on 12 December 2010 at the University Christian Church of
Austin, Texas. The UK premiere of On Christmas Night was given on 28
November 2011 in Rugby School by the Arnold Singers conducted by Richard
Dunster-Sigtermans. On Christmas Night received its Scottish Premiere on 14
December 2011 at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh when performed by the Dollar
Academy Combined School Choirs. "On Christmas Night" again performed by
Sidmouth Choral Society on 15th December 2012 conducted by Dorothy
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