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Bob Chilcott

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Robert „Bob“ Chilcott (born 9 April 1955) is a British choral composer, conductor, and singer, based in Oxford, England.

Born in Plymouth, he sang in the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, both as a boy and as a university student, notable achievements including singing „Pie Jesu“ on the renowned 1967 King’s recording of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem. In 1985 he joined the King’s Singers, singing tenor for 12 years until his departure in 1997 to focus on composing.

Chilcott is well-known for his compositions for children’s choirs, including his piece „Can You Hear Me?“, which he has conducted in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Estonia, Latvia, Germany, and the Czech Republic. He is also associated with the New Orleans Children’s Chorus and the Crescent City Festival in New Orleans, for which he has written six pieces including „Jazz Mass“, „Happy Land“, „This Day“, and „Be Simple Little Children“.

Since 2005, his arrangements of three traditional songs from the British Isles („Ar Hyd y Nos,“ „The Skye Boat Song,“ and „Londonderry Air“) have been incorporated into the Last Night of the Proms as part of Fantasia on British Sea Songs, originally orchestrated by Sir Henry Wood.

In the Choral Festival after Hurricane Katrina in June 2007, Chilcott wrote the piece „This Day“, a song that combined five poems into an 11-minute, 21-page song. The world premiere was on June 25, 2007, at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. Two-hundred ten singers from around the country sang the piece.

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