2018 began with the anniversary concerts celebrating 50 years of The King's Singers. After a January weekend in Houston at the ACDA Children's Choirs Retreat and workshops with Houston Chamber Choir and Cathedral choirs, Bob joined former colleagues for the celebrations at King's College, Cambridge. He is looking forward to performing with the current members of The King's Singers and former founding member, Simon Carrington, with massed choirs, at New York's Carnegie Hall in a DCINY concert on Sunday 22 April.
The group's anniversary disc collection, Gold, includes a commission We Are, and an arrangement of Shenandoah. Oxford University Press will publish We Are once the anniversary year is complete.
As always, there are plenty of opportunities to sing with and meet Bob across the world this year. After a residency with the Vocalis Chamber Choir in Buffalo in March, he returns to the USA for the youth choir festival, picfest, in Eugene, Oregon in June, and to Toronto in November. He will lead singing days in Oslo and Trondheim in May and an atelier for girls' voices at Europa Cantat in Tallinn in July. Towards the end of the year he will be heading to Japan and the Netherlands.
In the UK, He has been invited to speak at the National Association of Choirs' annual conference in Norwich 13-15 April. Dr Paul Whittaker OBE joins him there. Profoundly deaf, it was Paul who inspired Bob to write Can you hear me? which includes a signed chorus, following work they had done together with deaf singers.
Other workshop opportunities in 2018 include events in London, Market Harborough, Chester, Chipping Norton, York, Edinburgh, Plymouth, and Corbridge. There is also an opportunity for singers to perform the Fauré Requiem with Bob at the Royal Albert Hall with The Really Big Chorus in July, marking the 50th anniversary of the release of the recording on which he sang the Pie Jesu solo on the iconic recording with Sir David Willcocks and the choir of King's College, Cambridge.
A new major work, Move Him Into The Sun, receives its première in Shrewsbury on Sunday 4 November. This has been commissioned and financially supported by a number of groups in Shrewsbury including the Wilfred Owen Society and the St Chad's Music Festival to commemorate the poet Wilfred Owen on the centenary of his death.
Other premieres take place on 3 May in Reading and on 12 May in Fleet.
We hope to have a new look website and mailing list set up by the end of the year, but for now, the itinerary page has more information and links (where we have them) of forthcoming events.