for chorus, chamber choir, and children's choir, or large divisi chorus, with orchestra or brass and organ Showcasing Chilcott's exceptional talent for large-scale choral writing, Salisbury Vespers pays homage to this most ancient of services, combining settings of the traditional Vespers psalms with anonymous early texts and words from the Sarum Primer of 1516. Marian motets punctuate the psalm settings, and the work is concluded with a substantial setting of the Magnificat, using the plainsong melody from the same section in Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610. With driving rhythms, passages of reflective contemplation, and expansive, powerful textures, this is sure to become a mainstay of the modern choral repertory for years to come. Written for large mixed choir, chamber choir, and children's choir, Salisbury Vespers could equally be performed by a large mixed choir, with the parts for chamber choir and children's choir being sung by smaller sections taken from within the large chorus. Vocal scores are available on sale and on hire/rental.
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.
Psalm 69 (70), v.2: Deus in adiutorium; Psalm 109 (110): Dixit Dominus; Motet: I sing of a mayden; Psalm 112 (113): Laudate pueri; Motet: When to the temple Mary went; Psalm 121 (122): Laetatus sum; Motet: Lovely tear of lovely eye; Hymn: Vexilla Regis; Motet: Hail, Star of the sea most radiant; MAGNIFICAT; Magnificat anima mea; Et exultavit; Quia respexit; Quia fecit mihi magna; Et misericorida; Fecit potentiam; Deposuit potentes de sede; Esurientes implevit bonis; Suscepit Israel; Sicut locutus est; Gloria Patri; Sicut erat in principio