Bob Chilcott has been involved with choral music all his life, first as a Chorister and then a Choral Scholar at King's College, Cambridge. Later, he sang and composed music for 12 years with the King's Singers. His experiences with that group, his passionate commitment to young and amateur choirs, and his profound belief that music can unite people, have inspired him both to compose full-time and, through proactive workshopping, to promote choral music worldwide.
'Though short, these pieces are full of interesting moments - varied use of rhythm and metre, some effective harmonic colouring, opportunity for wide expressive interpretation and, all of this, within lines that any competent group of singers should be able to cope with. The overall impression and flavour is more abstract than the previous Chilcott pieces but Swansongs is certainly worth consideration. Last but not least is Chilcott's Like a Rainbow. This lively number, based on a Guaymi dawn song, is marked strong and bright and has some wonderfully rhythmic writing and a real sense of energy, spirit and purpose. The syncopated lines do much to drive the music forward and, as we have come to expect of Chilcott, there is a wonderful variety of writing within the piece. I really do feel as if there is a winner here.' Music Teacher March 2002 'Given the resurgence in youth choirs it is good to see new repertoire emerging that neither patronises nor overstretches young singers. Bob Chilcott's Like a Rainbow is a good example of such a piece; opening strikingly with the text set in octaves, and progressing through various vocal 'orchestrations', the piece is brought to a very effective close with a slower, broader and quieter section, The vocal parts are rhythmically alive and although written for SSA, they do venture into four parts occasionally, but would not prove of any great difficulty to a competent choir. The whole piece is underpinned by a steadily burbling piano part running in quavers.' musicteachers.co.uk Sept 01