Come and Sing with Bob Chilcott!

Saturday 28th September 2019, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

The Shepherd Hall, St Olave’s School, Queen Anne’s Road, York YO30 7WA

The Chapter House Choir is delighted to be hosting one of the hugely popular Come and Sing choral workshops with renowned composer Bob Chilcott, accompanied by Benjamin Morris, Assistant Director of Music at York Minster. Read more to find out why we hope you’ll join us.

Come and Sing Poster September 2019

Come and Sing with Bob Chilcott

Saturday 28th September 2019, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

The Shepherd Hall, St Olave’s School, Queen Anne’s Road, York
YO30 7WA

Director: Bob Chilcott
Accompanist: Benjamin Morris

Bob Chilcott has that very rare combination – a fantastic global performing pedigree AND unparalleled talent as a composer and coach. And as a former member of the Kings Singers, Bob is uniquely placed to share some of their exquisite musicianship and wonderful good humour with enthusiastic singers around the country. Delightfully entertaining and always encouraging, Bob will take us through some great singing techniques that really work! And he’ll draw on some of his finest compositions to inspire us through the day.  Music will be provided.

Tickets cost £20 for adults, £5 for under 18s and students, available from Eventbrite using the Buy Tickets button below.

About the day

Final details will be sent out once you have bought your tickets, but there will be tea, coffee and cold drinks at all breaks, and there is a cafeteria selling snacks and refreshments as an alternative to a packed lunch!  Please register from 9:45 am and be seated by 10:25 am for the introductions and welcome, to enable a prompt start at 10:30 am. The day will end at 4:30 pm. If you have any queries, please email

“Bob Chilcott is a highly experienced and natural music leader, motivating each singer to give their best concentration and to sing whole phrases right from the first encounter with a piece of music. This paid early dividends with lovely shaping and phrases well supported (and well tuned).” Royal School of Church Music

2018 workshop

The Chapter House Choir outside York Minster,  June 2018

How to get there

The workshop will be held in The Shepherd Hall,
St Olave’s School
Queen Anne’s Road
YO30 7WA

St Olave’s School is on Queen Anne’s Road, off Clifton (A19) in York. For car drivers there is some onsite parking at St Peter’s School on Clifton (A19), postcode YO30 6AB.  The Marygate car park (postcode YO30 7DT) is also very close to St Olave’s School.

York’s Rawcliffe Bar Park & Ride and other scheduled bus services run along the nearby A19, and the school is also only fifteen minutes walk or a short bus ride from York railway station.  If walking from the station, take the footpath through the short stay car park, over Scarborough Bridge and through Marygate Car Park, as highlighted in the map.

St Olave’s School can be accessed with a wheelchair – one of the entrances has a designated ramp. There is also an adapted toilet in the school.
Wheelchair access by ramp

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The Shepherd Hall, St Olave's School

The Shepherd Hall, St Olave’s School York

Repertoire for the Day

The Little Jazz Mass

A widely acclaimed work that sensitively combines the Latin Missa Brevis with a variety of jazz styles. This setting is one of Chilcott’s most celebrated and popular choral works to date, and has received countless performances (both on the concert platform and as part of the sung liturgy in church services) across the world.  

Marriage to My Lady Poverty

A truly beautiful piece we commissioned ourselves in 2012 that enhances the words’ dreamlike character with an irresistible journey to a stirring climax and an idyllic and reposed closure.

Because it was you

We’re so fortunate to have a taste of this work, composed only last year on commission for the Kyoto Echo Choir.

Ophelia, Caliban, and Miranda

With newly written texts by Charles Bennett, Bob puts a jazzy twist on three leading Shakespearean characters: Ophelia from Hamlet and Caliban and Miranda from The Tempest

Marriage to My Lady Poverty

by Bob Chilcott | The Chapter House Choir, June 2012

Marriage to My Lady Poverty – Bob Chilcott

Premièred by the Chapter House Choir in the Chapter House of York Minster

23 June 2012

The title for Marriage to My Lady Poverty is taken from a poem by Charles Bennett, the words of which are as follows:

Here is the ring I have made for my Lady Poverty
A ring I have woven from grass and wayside flowers
It will sing on her hand like a skylark

I am the bird who has come to take the crumbs from your hand
In my soft grey plumage I fly to our wedding barefoot
I am far too shy to look at you

We need no more than birds
They sing at dawn and wander wherever they please
We ask for nothing more than the birds of the sky
We ask for song

We need no more flowers
They flourish all summer and sleep all winter long
We ask for nothing more than the flowers of the field:
We ask for blossom

As I fly from our wedding I look back over my shoulder
My husband is the flower in my heart
His ring will sing on my finger

When I hear the song of the lark I shall think of you
When I lie in the open field on a bed of meadow-sweet
I shall hear your music singing me to sleep.

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Bob Chilcott (photo: John Bellars)

About Bob Chilcott

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Bob Chilcott (photo: John Bellars)

Bob Chilcott

As a composer, conductor, and singer, Bob Chilcott has enjoyed a lifelong association with choral music, first 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, embracing his career with energy and commitment, and producing a large catalogue of music for all types of choirs which is published by Oxford University Press.

Music for Christmas forms a considerable part of his most popular repertoire, and works for the season include Wenceslas, My Perfect Stranger, and On Christmas Night. In his carols he sets both new and traditional texts, and writes for mixed-voice and upper-voice choirs.

He has written substantial sacred works including the St John Passion for Wells Cathedral Choir and the Salisbury Vespers. A Little Jazz Mass and the Requiem are amongst a number of works which continue to be performed worldwide. Other works include The Angry Planet, composed for the 2012 BBC Proms, and The Voyage for Age UK Oxfordshire, which in 2017 was nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award. He has written many pieces for children, including his much-loved song, Can you hear me?, and a significant amount of music for the church. In 2013 he wrote The King shall rejoice for the service in Westminster Abbey to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Bob has conducted choirs in more than 30 countries worldwide and has worked with many thousands of amateur singers across the UK 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.

His music has been widely recorded by leading British choirs and groups including King’s College, Cambridge, Wells Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, The King’s Singers, The Sixteen, Tenebrae, The BBC Singers, The Bach Choir, Commotio, and Ora. In 2016 Bob enjoyed a collaboration with the celebrated singer Katie Melua and the Gori Women’s Choir on the album In Winter, which reached the top 10 in the album charts in the UK and Germany. His first Christmas disc, The Rose in the Middle of Winter, was recorded by Commotio. In 2017 two new discs were released by Commotio and Choralis – All Good Things on Naxos, and In Winter’s Arms on Signum, his first recording collaboration with an American choir. Newer recording projects are with Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Houston Chamber Choir, and Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir.

In 2017 Bob was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of The Royal School of Church Music.

About Benjamin Morris

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Benjamin Morris (photo: Matthew Johnson)

Benjamin Morris

Benjamin Morris is Assistant Director of Music at York Minster, accompanying and regularly conducting the choir in the Minster’s daily cycle of music, in concerts, tours and broadcasts, and assisting in the training of the boy and girl choristers.

Benjamin was previously Organ Scholar and then Assistant Organist at Jesus College Cambridge, graduating with a double First in Music. During his time in Cambridge Ben appeared in services and concerts throughout the world, on national radio and on several CD recordings, and directed the College’s two choirs while the Director of Music was on sabbatical leave.  Before starting university, Ben spent a year as Organ Scholar at Gloucester Cathedral.

With recent venues including Westminster Abbey, Leeds Town Hall and Kristiansand Cathedral (Norway), Ben is regularly engaged as a soloist for recitals and other performances. He has performed as organ soloist under Sir Roger Norrington, Howard Shelley and Stephen Cleobury, and has played organ and harpsichord continuo alongside His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, The Saraband Consort and Britten Sinfonia. He has studied organ with Gordon Stewart, David Briggs, Colin Walsh and Richard Pinel, and harpsichord at the Royal Academy of Music with Terence Charlston. Ben is a prizewinning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.

An experienced conductor and choir trainer, Ben regularly conducts York Minster Choir in services and rehearses daily with the choristers. Whilst in Cambridge, Ben spent a term running and directing Jesus College’s two choirs, and conducted orchestral works including Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor and sell-out performances of Milhaud’s chamber opera, Le Pauvre Matelot.  Ben has been Musical Director of the York-based Chapter House Choir since 2017.