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Singing Day with Bob Chilcott

Featuring Chilcott's Christmas Oratorio

St Michael & All Angels Church, Macclesfield, SK10 1DY
Saturday 5th October 2019, 10.00am to 4.30pm.

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Bob Chilcott
Photograph by John Bellars

Bob Chilcott: Christmas Oratorio

"With this majestic work Chilcott takes on a landmark of the choral repertory, the Christmas Oratorio. Words from St Luke and St Matthew are intertwined with 16th -19th century poetry to create a compelling retelling of the Christmas story. Five hymn texts are set to new, original melodies. As in the St John Passion, much of the narrative is presented by a tenor soloist in the role of the Evangelist... The chorus is integral to the storytelling, assuming character roles and taking centre stage in two unaccompanied movements... " - Oxford University Press

Bob Chilcott has enjoyed a lifelong association with choral music, as a chorister and choral scholar in the choir of King's College, Cambridge, and for 12 years as a member of the King's Singers. He became a full-time composer in 1997. Bob has conducted choirs in more than 30 countries and has worked with many thousands of amateur singers in a continuing series of Singing Days. For seven years he was conductor of the Chorus of The Royal College of Music in London and since 2002 he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Singers. In 2017 Bob was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by The Royal School of Church Music.

We are delighted to welcome Bob back to our 2019 Singing Day and to offer all singers the chance to enjoy singing under his direction. Bob's Christmas Oratorio is brand new, only receiving its world premiere on 1st August at the Three Choirs Festival, so this is one of the very first opportunities to explore it with him in a workshop.

The Society has previously held nine successful singing days with eminent composers and conductors, including three with Bob Chilcott in 2010, 2012 and 2017.

Some comments from previous participants:

     'The singing day with Bob Chilcott was magical.'
     'Thank you for a wonderful singing day. Bob Chilcott was such fun to work with.'
     '...always a good day when Bob is involved, enhanced by how well organised it all was.'
     'The first Congleton Day I have attended but it certainly won't be the last.'
     'Thank you for a wonderful singing experience!'


The day's timetable is:

9.00 - 10.00 Registration
10.00 - 11.15 Session 1 with Bob Chilcott
11.15 - 11.45 Tea/coffee break
11.45 - 1.00 Session 2 with Bob Chilcott
1.00 - 2.00 Lunch break
2.00 - 3.15 Session 3 with Bob Chilcott
3.15 - 3.45 Tea/coffee break
3.45 - 4.30 Session 4 with Bob Chilcott: an informal performance of all the music, which families, friends and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Music, Fees, Food and Parking

The fee for the day is £20
(£5 under 19s & students in full time education. The fees are £22 and £5.50 respectively if you pay via our online ticket service, Billetto).
Online booking and payment options available.
Music is provided and will be issued at registration.

The programme is Bob Chilcott's Christmas Oratorio

Tea and Coffee will be provided as part of the cost of the day. Please bring your own lunch or alternatively, sample one of the many cafés, pubs and restaurants in Macclesfield.
St Michael's Church is situated centrally on the Market Place, next to the Town Hall. It is only a few minutes walk from the railway and bus stations and there are car parks nearby.


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St Michael's Church is in Macclesfield town centre.

St Michael's Church

St Michael's Church

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We regret that no refunds can be made once payment has been received.

Any questions?
If you have any questions please contact us or telephone us on 07890 764607

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