Come and Sing with Bob Chilcott
Why not join with other local singers on Saturday 24 November for an informal and inspiring day of singing in the picturesque village of Great Missenden, nestled in the Chiltern Hills?
The day will be led by Bob Chilcott, “a composer whose music invites, comforts and inspires” (Time Out), “A contemporary hero of British choral music” (The Observer), a composer and conductor who also this year directs choirs in venues in Spain, The Netherlands, Estonia, Japan and the USA.
No prior knowledge of the music is required and anybody, irrespective of singing ability or experience, is welcome to come and join in. Music will be provided on the day, and its loan is included in the cost. There will be an opportunity to purchase music scores, CDs, and musical gifts and cards.
Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. A waiting list will operate once places are filled.
Described by The Observer as “a contemporary hero of British choral music”, Bob Chilcott has become one of the most widely performed composers in this field in the world.
His large catalogue of works (published by Oxford University Press) reflects his broad taste in musical styles, and his love of writing for singers. His output ranges from his much-celebrated music for young choirs to a number of larger-scale choral works including his Requiem and St John Passion. In 2013 he was commissioned to write the anthem for the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
As a conductor he is much sought-after by choirs around the world, and since 1997 he has conducted in over 30 different countries. After leaving the King’s Singers in 1997 he conducted the choir of the Royal College of Music for seven years, and he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Singers since 2002.
Wenceslas is a 26-minute concert work for SATB choir, mezzo-soprano and baritone soloists, and orchestra or brass quintet, timps, harp and organ, commissioned by the John Lewis Partnership for its annual Royal Albert Hall concert in 2014. The popular story of the Bohemian king is presented with a text by Charles Bennett. Wenceslas features on the 2017 Signum disc, In Winter’s Arms. Jesus, Springing is one of a set of four carols setting poems by Kevin Crossley-Holland, composed for Harrow School in 2010. It is also included on In Winter’s Arms.
10:00 Registration and coffee
11:45 Break and coffee
13:00 Lunch break (lunch not provided)
15:15 Break and coffee
15:45 'Performance' for friends and family
Friends and family are welcome to come at 3.30pm for tea and an informal performance of the music explored during the day
Book your place!
The flyer with booking details and form is available here
A booking form for single or multiple entries is available for printing here
or in Word format for downloading to complete here