for SATB and organ
This beautiful setting of the Beatitudes from Matthew's gospel exemplifies the composer's skill and versatility in writing for mixed voices. He leads the choir smoothly through a range of keys and moods, from the gentle simplicity of the opening 'Bless'd are the poor in spirit' to the more dramatic and colourful 'Bless'd are ye, when men shall revile you'.
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.