Chilcott Jubilate Vocal Score
Born in Plymouth, he sang in the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, both as a boy and as a university student, notable achievements including singing "Pie Jesu" on the renowned 1967 King's recording of Gabriel Fauré's Requiem.
In 1985 he joined the King's Singers, singing tenor for 12 years until his departure in 1997 to focus on composing.
Chilcott is well-known for his compositions for children’s choirs, including his piece "Can You Hear Me?", which he has conducted in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Estonia, Latvia, Germany, and the Czech Republic. He is also associated with the New Orleans Children’s Chorus and the Crescent City Festival in New Orleans, for which he has written six pieces including "Jazz Mass", "Happy Land", "This Day", and "Be Simple Little Children".
Since 2005, his arrangements of three traditional songs from the British Isles ("Ar Hyd y Nos," "The Skye Boat Song," and "Londonderry Air") have been incorporated into the Last Night of the Proms as part of Fantasia on British Sea Songs, originally orchestrated by Sir Henry Wood.
'Psalm 100, which provides the main body of the text for this work, is a psalm of joy. The perspective I have chosen for this setting however is one that sees this joy expressed in a predominantly inner and personal way. The piece includes a setting of the poem "Prayer" by Gerard Manley Hopkins, which asks God for forgiveness - and expresses both frailty and hope for man from a remarkably human perspective.
Musically the piece is an arch that begins softly, and ends softly - the unresolved chord at the end reflecting God's truth, which as the text says "endures from generation to generation." '
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