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Robert Chilcott
1955 -
Great Britain, England
R. Chilcott
(Robert) Bob Chilcott (09/04/1955), an English composer. He is a British choral composer, conductor, and singer, based in Oxford, England. 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.[1] 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.[2] 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.
Period:21st century
Composed in:2010
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Duration:ca. 42'
In memory of:the composer's niece, Samantha Verschuerene
Label(s):Hyperion CDA67650
Requiem (2012) is dedicated to the composer's niece, Samantha Verschueren, who died at the age of just twenty-three while he was writing the piece.
It contains:
01 Introit & Kyrie Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine [9'27]
02: Offertorio Domine Jesu Christe, Rex gloriae [7'48]
03: Pie Jesu [6'02]
04: Sanctus & Benedictus [2'13]
05: Agnus Dei [5'00]
06: Thou knowest, Lord [5'03]
07: Lux aeterna [6'11]

♫ 01 Introit & Kyrie Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine
© Hyperion Records CDA67650

♫ 02. Offertorio
© Hyperion Records CDA67650

♫ 03: Pie Jesu
© Hyperion Records CDA67650

♫ 04: Sanctus & Benedictus
© Hyperion Records CDA67650

♫ 05: Agnus Dei
© Hyperion Records CDA67650

♫ 06: Thou knowest, Lord
© Hyperion Records CDA67650

♫ 07: Lux aeterna
© Hyperion Records CDA67650
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 28th November 2011 in Rugby School by the Arnold Singers conducted by Richard Dunster-Sigtermans. On Christmas Night received its Scottish Premiere on 14th December 2011 at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh when performed by the Dollar Academy Combined School Choirs.
Contributor:Arye Kendi and Peter Vreugdenhil