Bob Chilcott appointed as Principal Conductor of Birmingham University Singers

Bob Chilcott, internationally renowned conductor, composer, and singer, will take up a new role at the University as Principal Conductor of Birmingham University Singers from October 2019.

Bob Chilcott

Photo of Bob Chilcott by John Bellars

Bob Chilcott has enjoyed a lifelong association with choral music, first as a chorister in the choir at King’s College, Cambridge, and for 12 years as a member of the internationally acclaimed British vocal ensemble, The King’s Singers. Bob’s career has since seen him work with choirs in more than 30 countries worldwide, and for seven years he was conductor of the Chorus of The Royal College of Music, London. Since 2002, he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Singers. Chilcott is also a much-admired composer, with a large catalogue of music for all types of choirs published by Oxford University Press.

Of the appointment, Chilcott commented: ‘I feel so honoured to have the opportunity to work together with the Birmingham University Singers and with Simon Halsey. In my work as a composer and conductor I have been fortunate to guest conduct many choirs all over the world. This will be the first time for me to work with such an excellent group on a regular basis in an institution that shows such great support for choral music. I look forward to this work enormously and to seeing what we might achieve together’.

Based at the Bramall Music Building, Chilcott is another addition to the distinguished choral music-making team at the university, which has internationally renowned musicians Professor Simon Halsey CBE, Julian Wilkins, and Patrick Barrett delivering a wide range of choral activity. Choirs at the university hold a national reputation as some of the finest in the UK, and have worked with many distinguished conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Marin Alsop, Edward Gardner, Simon Carrington, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, and John Wilson.

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