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Irish Blessing


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Bob Chilcott has become one of the world's most widely performed composers and arrangers of choral music. His compositional output reflects his wide taste in music styles and his commitment to writing music that is both singable and communicative. He has been involved in choral music most of his life he was a chorister and then a choral scholar in the choir of King's College, Cambridge, and was a member of the British vocal group The King's Singers for whom he made a number of popular arrangements of well-known songs from all genres. As well as being a full-time composer he is also a highly acclaimed choral conductor. He has been privileged to conduct many choirs all over the world. He is Principal Guest Conductor of The BBC Singers and in 2019 he was appointed Principal Conductor of Birmingham University Singers. His music has been widely recorded by many choirs and groups including The King's Singers, Tenebrae, and The BBC Singers.


'These are worthy words and good theology, which claim the attention of many composers, so it is hardly surprising that Bob Chilcott, one of choral music's best and most prolific composers, has made his own excellent contribution with this three part SSA setting. Beginning in the upper voices, "with a gentle lilt", the music expresses quite admirably the message of the words ... Structurally not difficult, this setting concludes in block harmony, and should not present any difficulties to choirs of average ability, while chjoirs of a higher standard will find this an asset to their repertoire. I am very happy to recommend it.' Henry Howell, Australian Music Teacher March 2002 'The style is full of a charm and warmth that one has come to expect of Chilcott and there is no doubt that it will capture the hearts of singers and listeners alike.' Music Teacher March 2002 'His music, possesses the winning combination of melodic beauty, harmonic attractiveness, imaginative textures and thematic development, which together form an immediately appealing style reaching across the age barrier in any choir. These are beautifully crafted, delightful little gems which will be enjoyed by everyone. Though three-part division is occasionally necessary, the parts are very singable, not hard, and will rapidly be learned.' Organists' Review August 2001 '[young singers] will also enjoy two settings by Bob Chilcott: a folksy 5/8 setting of Loving shepherd of thy sheep, which breaks into three parts and has a very effective ending, and Irish Blessing, here arranged for SSA, with its warm, lilting melody.' CMQ January 2001 Bob Chilcott as an ex-member of and arranger for the King's Singers, knows how to write a good tune. This is most in evidence in two short anthems for upper voices - Irish Blessing and Loving Shepherd - both of which would admirably suit a children's choir of moderate ability. Church Times 12 October 2001

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