Easter Anthem received its world premiere performance this past Easter morning at Brick Church. This work was commissioned by Brick Church in honor of Keith S. Tóth’s 20th anniversary (2013) as Brick Church’s Minister of Music and Organist.
Bob Chilcott (born Plymouth, England, April 9, 1955), whose Easter Anthem made its world premiere on March 27, 2016 (Easter Sunday) at The Brick Church, is a composer, conductor, and singer based in Oxford. He was a boy chorister in the famous Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. From 1985-1997 he sang with the choral group, The King’s Singers. Chilcott now devotes his time to composing and conducting. He is one of England’s leading living composers of choral music.
Easter Anthem text:
No longer of Him be it said “He hath no place to lay His head.” In every land a constant lamp Flames by His small and mighty camp. There is no strange and distant place That is not gladdened by His face. And every nation kneels to hail The Splendour shining through its veil. Cloistered beside the shouting street, Silent, He calls me to His feet. Imprisoned for His love of me He makes my spirit greatly free. And through my lips that uttered sin The King of Glory enters in.—"Citizen of the World" by Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)