for tenor solo and SATB (double choir optional) unaccompanied
This is a vivid musical depiction of the colourful dreamscape created in Charles Bennett's text. The solo tenor floats over the soft, jazzy harmonies of the other voices as he narrates the journey through London's sky, noting the 'blackbirds in the sleeping streets' and a taxicab slumbering below. Swimming over London is recorded by The King's Singers on their CD of the same name.
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.