Past event

Workshop with Bob Chilcott

The Malmesbury Singers are pleased to present:

A Workshop with Bob Chilcott

Saturday 5th February 2022, 10.30am

Join us for a wonderful singing day led by Bob Chilcott in the beautiful Malmesbury Abbey as we sing Chilcott’s “Aesop’s Fables” and his recent choral work: “Songs my heart has taught me”.


Aesop’s Fables
An engaging choral work for mixed-voice choirs based on five of Aesop’s famous fables. The songs are:
The Hare and the Tortoise
The Mountain in Labour
The Fox and the Grapes

The North Wind and the Sun (hear a sample here)
The Goose and the Swan (hear a sample here)

Songs my heart has taught me
A passionate four-movement work, in which Chilcott and the lyricist Delphine Chalmers explore themes of inclusivity, identity, and unity. The songs include:

Unison: An anthem to unity
Harmony: A musical-theatre style song about people’s need to be accepted
Rhythm: A spiky piece with a beat that tells of the rhythm of life that the living all share
Resolution: An uplifting song with a melody that is spun by the singers over a simple, recurring chord structure.

Workshop schedule

10:00-10:30: Registration and distribution of scores

10:30-12:00: Singing session One

12:00-13:00: Lunch* (tea and coffee will be available during the lunch break on a self-serve basis for £1 – please bring £1 coins).

13:00-14:30: Singing session Two

14:30-15:00: Afternoon break
(tea and coffee available on a self-serve basis for £1, cakes available to purchase from the Abbey Cafe)

15:00-16:00: Singing session Three

16:00: Workshop closes

* Lunch

You may order a sandwich lunch during registration (to be paid for either by cash or card at the time of ordering) which will be prepared by the Abbey Cafe, and packaged, individually wrapped and named, and placed for your collection in the South Aisle at lunchtime. Alternatively, feel free to bring your own lunch to eat in situ, or use one of several cafes in the town centre. Meanwhile, cakes will be available for purchase at the Abbey Cafe during lunchtime and the afternoon break. Please note, Abbey Cafe tables are for Abbey Cafe food only.


Parking near the abbey is limited and is for short-stay and drop-off only. We recommend you follow signs for the LONG STAY CAR PARK in Station Road, and walk up the steps to the abbey.

There are only three toilets in the abbey itself, but more are available in the Town Hall which is close by in Cross Hayes (turn left by the Buttercross then right down a short passageway and left again).
About 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, and has produced a large catalogue of music for all types of choirs, which is published by Oxford University Press.  His most often performed pieces include Can you hear me?, A Little Jazz Mass, Requiem, and the St John Passion.

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. In 2017 Bob was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by The Royal School of Church Music and in 2019 takes up the role of Principal Conductor Birmingham University Singers.

Bob’s music has been widely recorded by leading British choirs and groups including The King’s Singers, King’s College, Cambridge, Wells Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, The Sixteen, Tenebrae, The BBC Singers, The Bach Choir, Commotio, and Ora. In 2016 he enjoyed a collaboration with the celebrated singer Katie Melua on the album In Winter.  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 the BBC Singers, Houston Chamber Choir, and Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir.

(Courtesy of Bob Chilcott’s website)