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Bob Chilcott: "I defy anyone to sing better than Commotio"! (Nov 2014)

Forthcoming Concerts

We are excited to announce our first public concert under joint direction with internationally renowned composer and choral expert, Bob Chilcott. Following the success of our last joint project, The Rose in the Middle of Winter CD, which topped the Specialist Classical Chart in 2013, Commotio will be recording a new CD with Bob Chilcott later this year.

Highlighting the versatility of Chilcott’s work, in addition to the a capella sound Commotio is best known for, the choir will combine forces with acclaimed jazz pianist Alexander Hawkins and jazz trio to perform Chilcott’s jazz works including Nidaros Jazz Mass and Jazz Songs of Innocence.

And then, commemorating 400 years since Shakespeare’s death, Commotio will breathe new life into Shakespeare’s familiar words with contemporary choral settings by Leslie, Hyde, Larsen and Łukaszewski.

Music so good we're singing it twice! - on these two dates:

     7:30 pm on Saturday June 11th 2016, at SJE Arts , tickets available here
 or 7:30 pm on Saturday July 23rd 2016, at St Nicholas Church, Chadlington, tickets available here

An Evening with Bill and Bob (celebrating Shakepeare and Chilcott)
At the second concert, on July 23rd, we are delighted to be performing for the first time in Chadlington, where, hot on the heels of the American première, Commotio will sing the European Première of Bob Chilcott’s Ophelia, Caliban and Miranda in which poet Charles Bennett gives new voice to Shakespeare’s much loved characters in this choral-jazz fusion.

Join Bob Chilcott and Commotio for a fantastic evening of world-class contemporary choral music, including the opportunity to meet one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary composers!

Repertoire for both concerts to include works by Bob Chilcott:
  • Nidaros Jazz Mass
  • Jazz Songs of Innocence
  • Scarborough Fair (June 11th)
  • House of the Rising Sun (Jazz Folk Songs) (June 11th)
  • Weather Report (June 11th)
  • The Real of Heart (June 11th)
  • Ophelia, Caliban, and Miranda – European Première (July 23rd)
  • Marriage to My Lady Poverty (July 23rd)
  • Thou, my love, art fair (July 23rd)
and also these settings of Shakespeare texts:

CD Cover for Towards the Light CD Cover for Night CD Cover for Luminosity CD Cover for In the Heart of Things CD Cover for The Rose in the Middle of Winter

the Light



In the Heart
of Things

The Rose in the
Middle of Winter