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“Jubilate” by Bob Chilcott Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Composer Bob Chilcott has been involved in choral music for most of his life.  He was a chorister and choral scholar at King's College, Cambridge, and for twelve years was a member of the vocal group The King's Singers (see our previous blog for more information on this exceptional ensemble).  Since 1997 he has worked as a full-time composer and has written a wide variety of choral music, ranging from music for young singers to church anthems to concert pieces and large works.

Chilcott's Jubilate is a medium-scale concert work that uses as its text a combination of the ancient words of Psalm 100 and the inspirational poem Prayer by Gerard Manley Hopkins.  This is an approachable and deeply moving work containing both exciting and extroverted passages of public rejoicing as well as sections of more intimate, personal praise.  Scored for soprano or tenor solo, SATB choir, piano, brass and timpani, this work is appropriate for church or worship use as well as capable high school or college choirs and festival ensembles. Click here to listen to the powerful second movement, entitled Song.

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