Bob Chilcott, described by The Observer as “a contemporary hero of British Choral Music”, has become one of the most widely performed composers of choral music in the world. He has a large catalogue of works published by Oxford University Press which reflects his wide taste in music styles and his commitment to writing music that is both singable and communicative.
From his catalogue of larger works, Salisbury Vespers, written in 2009, was first performed by over 600 singers and players in Salisbury Cathedral. His Requiem of 2010 has now been performed in sixteen countries, and his large-scale cantata, The Angry Planet, was premièred in the 2012 BBC Proms by 550 adult and young singers. In March 2013 his St John Passion was premièred in Wells Cathedral by the Cathedral Choir conducted by Matthew Owens. More recently he wrote The King shall rejoice for the service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second.
Of his smaller works, A Little Jazz Mass remains a favourite with choirs around the world as do many of his pieces for children’s choir, including the piece with sign language, Can you hear me? which was performed at the 2004 Song Festival in Estonia by over 7000 children.
Between 1997 and 2004 he was conductor of the chorus of The Royal College of Music in London and since 2002 he has been Principal Guest Conductor of The BBC Singers. He has been privileged to conduct many choirs in some 35 countries over the last ten years. Over the coming eighteen months he will conduct in Canada, the USA, Korea, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.
There are four recordings of his music on the Signum label performed by The BBC Singers, The King’s Singers, The Sirens, and The NFL Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir. In 2015 Signum will release two further discs, including the St John Passion. His Requiem is recorded on the Hyperion label by the Choir of Wells Cathedral, and The Wellensian Consort and Commotio have recorded music for chamber choir and for Christmas for Naxos. His music has been recorded by many other choirs and groups including Tenebrae, The Cambridge Singers, The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and The Choir of Westminster Abbey.