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Come and sing with one of the world’s most inspirational choral composers and conductors, Bob Chilcott. Take this chance to work with Bob on his beautiful pieces, “Thou, my love, art fair” and “The Real of Heart”. Learn about the settings and how to perform them from the composer himself.Have fun, meet other singers and make music together.
Please arrive at the Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts at 9am. The session will begin at 9:30am and finish at 11:30am. You will work on the music, have the opportunity to put questions to Bob and end the workshop with an informal performance to demonstrate the techniques and knowledge acquired. The King’s Singers, who are in residence at DePauw that week, will join briefly the end of the morning.
Sheet music will be provided on the day and you will be able to take this home with you.
Please wear comfortable clothes and bring water, other drinks and any food that you may require during or following the session.
No prior knowledge of the pieces is required and all are welcome to come and join in.
June 17, 2017
About the composer/conductor, Bob Chilcott:
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.
About the music:
Written in memory of John Scott, the celebrated organist and choirmaster who died in 2015, The Real of Heart is a beautifully tender and reflective piece. The anonymous text reminds us to remember things in their best form, ‘untarnished and supreme’, and Bob’s music is the perfect match. Arc-shaped melodies and a variety of choral textures are complemented by gently flowing arpeggio figures in the piano, with a central triplet section providing contrast.
Thou, my love, art fair was written for The King’s Singers and first performed by the group on St Valentine’s Day 2015. Setting the William Baldwin poem, Christ to his spouse, this delightful song makes full and effective use of the voice parts and features charming harmonies and interweaving melismas. Bob has treated the sixteenth-century text with due care and style, creating a beautifully elegant piece of music.