Robert Prizeman

Robert Prizeman

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