Bob recently was featured in a blog from the 2019 ACDA National Conference about his path to becoming a composer, his advice for young composers, what he loves about choir, and more. Watch the videos here!

Bob Chilcott appointed Principal Conductor of Birmingham University Singers

Bob Chilcott will take up a new role at the University of Birmingham from October 2019, as Principal Conductor of the Birmingham University Singers.  He writes: “I feel honoured to have the opportunity to work together with the Birmingham University Singers and with Simon Halsey.  In my work as a composer and conductor I have been fortunate to conduct many choirs all over the world, and I look forward to this opportunity to work with such an excellent group on a regular basis in an institution that shows such great support for choral music.  I look forward to this work enormously and to seeing what we might achieve together.”

Based at the Bramall Music Building, the choirs at the university hold a national reputation as some of the finest in the UK.  The distinguished leadership team includes Professor Simon Halsey CBE, Julian Wilkins, and Patrick Barrett, who deliver a wide range of choral activity, and the choirs have worked with many distinguished conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Marin Alsop, Edward Gardner, Simon Carrington, Mirga Gražinyté-Tyla, and John Wilson.
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Forthcoming premières include the Samba Mass, commissioned for the Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans in June, and on 1 August the Christmas Oratorio at the Three Choirs Festival, Gloucester Cathedral.  Scores and materials of the SSA and SATB version of the Samba Mass and the Christmas Oratorio will be available from Oxford University Press immediately following the first performances.