We are delighted that two CDs of Bob Chilcott’s recent music are releasing this month – All Good Things, a jazz-inspired disc by British chamber choir, Commotio, and In Winter’s Arms, seasonal and Christmas music by the American choral foundation, Choralis.

All Good Things

Commotio, conducted by Matthew Berry and Bob Chilcott, with Alexander Hawkins (piano)

Nidaros Jazz Mass, Jazz Songs of Innocence, Ophelia Caliban and Miranda, Weather Report, Marriage to My Lady Poverty, Scarborough Fair, The House of the Rising Sun, The Real of Heart, Thou my love art fair

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Bob Chilcott has always embraced a broad stylistic palette and his writing for voices combined with jazz instrumentation gives these worksa sense of vitality and energy.  Performed by leading jazz soloists and Commotio, the distinguished promoters of contemporary choral repertoire, this sequence of brilliant villanelles, folk song arrangements and witty settings reveals once again the breadth of Chilcott’s musical imagination.

Available now

In Winter’s Arms

Choralis, conducted by Gretchen Kuhrmann, with Todd Fickley (organ), The Classical Brass Quintet, Marian Rian Hays (harp), and James Shaffran (baritone)

Wenceslas, Gloria, My Perfect Stranger, Jesus Springing, The Nine Gifts

Signum SIGCD512

Bob Chilcott captures the celebratory spirit of the Christmas season with joyous music for choir with brass quintet and organ in the secular tale of the Bohemian king, and an energetic four-movement setting of the Gloria.  The Christmas story is re-told in two carols for choir and organ, and in a contemporary text by Kevin Crossley-Holland scored for choir and harp, each one exquisitely formed to demonstrate his innate ability to write music which is a joy to sing.

Available now in USA

Rest of the world release date, 20 October

Bob Chilcott’s music is published by Oxford University Press.

There is now an extensive body of recordings of Bob Chilcott’s music both on dedicated and mixed discs, and on a variety of labels.

Search the Signum site or visit the catalogue for information, sound clips, and reviews of the BBC Singers’ disc, Man I Sing, for The Sirens’ Making Waves, and for The Seeds of Stars by NFL Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir.  Also on Signum are the King’s Singers’ discs High Flight and Swimming over London, for which he wrote the title tracks.

The Requiem and other choral works disc is sung by the Choir of Wells Cathedral, conducted by Matthew Owens, and available on Hyperion.  And in 2013 Naxos released two dedicated recordings, Everyone Sang by The Wellensian Consort, and The Rose in the Middle of Winter, a disc of Christmas music performed by Commotio and conducted by Matthew Berry.

Other choirs who have recorded music by Bob Chilcott include King’s College Choir, Cambridge, The Cambridge Singers, The Sixteen, Westminster Abbey Choir, Grex Musicus from Helsinki, Vasari Singers, and The Chamber Choir of London.



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