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.
Chilcott opens with a two-part vocal horn call and builds an answer with the skeleton of a II7 chord heading towards a unison dominant, convincingly updating this most traditional of devices with some hallmark Chilcott harmony. The theme is put into a different key for the middle section and reprised in the home key. The work ends on the unison dominant, an imperfect cadence but a most satisfying ending. A great response to Philip Sidney's text. * Thomas Lydon, Music Teacher, June 09 *