Bob Chilcott

Music Director, Lift Every Voice

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Bob Chilcott’s celebrated career in choral music began as a seven-year old probationer chorister at King’s College, Cambridge and included a solo, at age twelve, of Fauré’s Pie Jesu on what is regarded as one of the great recordings of the century. At the heart of an extraordinary journey as performer and composer is an irrepressible love of making music with others and creating music that people love to sing.

Since leaving the King’s Singers in 1997, he has conducted in more than 30 countries and in 2017 and 2018 has had invitations to conduct in the USA, Canada, Norway, Estonia, the Netherlands, Japan, and in the UK. He is Principal Guest Conductor of The BBC Singers.

Chilcott’s 170+ works with Oxford University Press reflect wide ranging musical tastes, including favorites like A Little Jazz Mass, music for children’s choir, like Can you hear me? and his Requiem (2010), which has been performed in sixteen countries. In 2013 The King shall rejoice was composed for the Westminster Abbey service celebrating the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s Coronation.

Ophilia, Caliban and Miranda, a 2016 picfest commission, combined Shakespeare characters with jazz. The premiere featured the Festival Chorus and Grammy Award winning jazz legends The Yellowjackets. The work has since been released on UK ensemble Commotio’s new CD All Good Things, on the Naxos label, one of many recordings of Chilcott’s music by The BBC Singers, King’s Singers, Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir, Bach Choir, Wells Cathedral Choir and others.