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.
'A change of mood, with an excellent album of two short songs for SSAA unaccompanied. It is interesting to note that these were commissined by the 1999 Elementary All-State Chorus of Louisiana, because as I sang through them, it seemed to me that these two songs would be ideal training material, given that they are not too difficult for beginners, yet offer a real challenge in harmony and rhythm. In short, they are not condescending, and have been composed by a master musician who knows his choirs! ... Swansong, which is marked soft and gently rocking, opens with a few bars in canon, interrupted by two bars of block harmony, utilising nicely judged dissonances, which are ideal for ear training and ensemble, continuing and ending with a more extensive harmonic and rhythmic progression, not difficult and not too easy.' cont ... Henry Howell, Australian Music Teacher March 2002 'If need be sack your treasurer, and make it obligatory for the new one to purchase this little set. Mind you, with only six pages of music, not counting the cover, the cost will not break the bank, and if it does, what the heck? it is only money, and you'll get a lot of fun out of this welcome addition to your library.' Henry Howell, Australian Music Teacher March 2002 'Though short, these pieces are full of interesting moments - varied use of rhythm and metre, some effective harmonic colouring, opportunity for wide expressive interpretation and, all of this, within lines that any competent group of singers should be able to cope with. The overall impression and flavour is more abstract than the previous Chilcott pieces but Swansongs is certainly worth consideration.' Music Teacher March 2002