Born in Plymouth (UK), British composer Bob Chilcott sang in the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, both as a boy and as a university student, when he conducted the voluntary Choral Society, which included many singers from other colleges. He performed the Pie Jesu of Fauré’s Requiem on the 1967 King’s College recording
His setting of St. John’s Passion is an hour-long work for chorus, soloists and small instrumental ensemble which was premiered by Wells Cathedral Choir in 2013. It follows the format established by Bach, with the story narrated in recitative by a tenor evangelist interspersed with interjections from the chorus (as the crowd) and from Pilate and Jesus, the whole being interleaved with chorales and meditations sung by the choir. Many of the chorales are new settings of popular hymns.