Bob Chilcott has been immersed in the British choral tradition since he sang as a chorister and choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge. After singing professionally in London and as a member of The King’s Singers for 12 years he became a full-time composer in 1997. He has embraced his career with energy and commitment, producing a large and varied catalogue of choral music, and working with singers and choirs in more than 30 countries.
He came to prominence as a composer through his works for young singers and also has a number of substantial sacred works including Salisbury Vespers, St John Passion, and his Requiem. In 2013 he wrote The King shall rejoice for the service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In December 2015 his Gloria receives its world première from Choralis (Washington DC), with whom he is Composer-in-Residence.
He has worked with many thousands of singers in Britain through a continuing series of Singing Days. Between 1997 and 2004 he was conductor of the choir of The Royal College of Music in London, and since 2002 he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Singers.
His music has been recorded extensively and albums dedicated to his music include Man I Sing (2007), Making Waves (2008), Requiem (2012), The Seeds of Stars (2012), Everyone Sang (2013), The Rose in the Middle of Winter (2013), St John Passion (2015), and The Angry Planet (2015).