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Chilcott, Bob (9th April 1955-Present)

He is an English tenor and composer born in Plymouth, England, who started in music as a chorister at King’s College Cambridge and then as a choral scholar.

He became a member of the King’s Singers in 1986 and remained with them until 1997 when he left to concentrate on full time composition. His compositions have been internationally performed and include Green Songs for the New York Children’s Chorus, Organ Dances, which is an organ concerto, was premiered in Pennsylvania, and carols written for the Syracuse Children’s Choir with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

He was the composer in residence for the “Children in Harmony Choral Festival” at Disneyland, Orlando. One commission was a 30-minute space adventure called News From Space which involved a concert over 2 nights at the Royal Albert Hall, each with a choir of 1400 children from 98 schools.

He has been the Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Singers and led London’s Royal College of Music chorus for a period of seven years.

In March 2010 his Requiem was premiered by the Oxford Bach Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra led by Nicholas Cleobury at Oxford’s Sheldonian.  Later that year he conducted the premiere of his “On Christmas Night” in Austin, Texas, wth the UK premiere not being held until nearly a year later on the 28th November 2011 when it was performed by the Arnold Singers and then on 14th December it went north of the border where it was performed by Dollar Academy Combined School Choirs in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall.

In 2013 Wells Cathedral Choir premiered his own setting of St. John’s Passion and in 2016 his “Ophelia, Caliban and Miranda” had its premiere in Eugene, Oregon.

The King’s Singers recordings
The Ash Grove (Traditional/Thomas Oliphant )
EMI 54904 (CD: Annie Laurie)
CountertenorDavid Hurley
CountertenorAlistair Hume
TenorBob Chilcott
BaritoneBruce Russell
BaritoneSimon Carrington
BassStephen Connolly

Patapan and Farandole (Bernard De La Monnoye/Georges Bizet/Jeremy Jackman)
EMI 49909 (CD: A Little Christmas Music)
Countertenor and composerJeremy Jackman
CountertenorAlastair Hume
Tenor and ArrangerBob Chilcott
BaritoneBruce Russell
BaritoneSimon Carrington
BassStephen Connolly

Here he is conducting the Taipei Chamber Singers on “And So It Goes”…