As founder of the choir Libera, Robert Prizeman’s championing of ethereal choral music has won him and his singers a fan base around the world.
- Robert Prizeman was born in London in 1952 and, since the late 1990s, has been responsible for the hugely successful boys’ choir Libera (the Latin word for ‘free’) – dubbed by their record label, EMI Classics, as coming from “the mean streets of south London”, which in practice means they hail from a variety of schools across that part of the capital.
- Prizeman has worked as a choirmaster since 1970 when, at the relatively young age of 18, he took over the choir of St. Philip’s Church in Norbury.
- For over 25 years, Prizeman has been the music advisor to Songs of Praise – a programme on which Libera have appeared on numerous occasions.
- Prizeman’s knack for creating a commercially-successful choir has led to Libera being featured on TV and radio across the globe – not least in advertising campaigns. Among the highlights, they provided the soundtrack to a series of Waitrose Christmas TV adverts a few years ago.
- In 2010, Prizeman was made an Associate of the Royal School of Church Music at a ceremony Durham Cathedral. Commenting on their reasons for awarding Prizeman the accolade, the organization said: “he has continuously striven for quality choral and congregational singing, commensurate with the highest standards required for broadcasting. As an accomplished musician in his own right, he directs Libera – a successful choir of boy choristers whose CD recordings, TV appearances and tours are testament to their wide appeal. Libera provides a role model for many to follow.”
Did You Know?
As well as being an acclaimed conductor, Robert Prizeman has excelled as a composer of choral music. He first entered the Classic FM Hall of Fame in 2011 with his piece Sanctissima, which he composed especially for Libera.
Top Prizeman Pieces
Robert Prizeman (b. 1952 : England)
- Conductor: Robert Prizeman
- Ensemble: Studio Orchestra
- Soloists: Libera; Benedict Philipp (soloist)
- Record Label: EMI Classics
- Catalog: 50999 62647823
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