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“I have always had very broad tastes in music. When I sang in the group The King’s Singers I felt as much joy singing Ave Virgo sponsa Dei by Adrian Willaert as I did singing I Got Rhythm with George Shearing, or Billy Strayhorn songs with the WDR Big Band.

The continuing ethos of that group has been to give life and energy to all different types of music at hand, in the most true and stylistic way possible. In my work as a composer for singers I have tried to follow this example by embracing a broad stylistic palette, and using this in the best way I can to give energy and motivation to singers.”

Bob Chilcott

CHILCOTT, B.: Choral Music (All Good Things)
Bob CHILCOTT (b. 1955)
All Good Things
Nidaros Jazz Mass • Jazz Songs of Innocence
Ophelia, Caliban, and Miranda • Weather Report

Alexander Hawkins, Piano
Sue Greenway, Saxophone
Raphael Mizraki, Double bass
Jon Scott, Drums
Commotio • Matthew Berry, Conductor
Bob Chilcott, Conductor & Piano


Bob Chilcott is one of Britain’s most popular and respected composers and his choral music is performed worldwide. He has always embraced a broad stylistic palette and his writing for voice combined with jazz instrumentation gives these works a sense of vitality and energy. Performed by leading jazz soloists and Commotio, the distinguished promoters of contemporary repertoire, this sequence of brilliant villanelles, folk song arrangements and witty settings reveals once again the breadth of Chilcott’s musical imagination.

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Artists on this recording
Matthew Berry
Matthew Berry, the conductor and joint-founder of Commotio, studied music at University College, Oxford. After conducting the Oxford Chamber Choir for two years as a student, he founded Commotio in 1999. His expertise lies in the research and promotion of little-known contemporary choral repertoire, principally from Scandinavia, South Africa, the United States and Slovenia. Over the past 18 years he has initiated many UK and world premières with Commotio.
Bob Chilcott
Bob Chilcott has enjoyed a lifelong association with choral music, as a composer, conductor and singer. He was a chorister and choral scholar in the choir of King’s College, Cambridge and for twelve years was a member of the vocal group The King’s Singers. In 1997 he became a full-time composer. Chilcott has conducted choirs in more than 30 countries worldwide and has been principal guest conductor of the BBC Singers since 2002.
Commotio was formed in August 1999 to promote neglected contemporary choral repertoire. Performances have included the second UK performance of Alfred Schnittke’s mighty Requiem, and other rarely heard works including Paul Hindemith’s Mass, Kenneth Leighton’s Mass for Double Choir, and the world première of Pierre Villette’s Inviolata.
Sue Greenway
Sue Greenway
Alexander Hawkins
Alexander Hawkins
Raphael Mizraki
Raphael Mizraki
double bass
Jon Scott
Jon Scott
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