I AM CHANGED and JAZZ MISSA BREVIS included at ACDA convention in Minneapolis

I AM CHANGED and JAZZ MISSA BREVIS included at ACDA convention in Minneapolis

 

Will Todd will be attending the 2017 American Choral Director’s Association National Conference on 8th-12th March, and is looking forward to catching up with many of his US friends and colleagues at this exciting event.

 

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New releases from Tyalgum Press

New releases from Tyalgum Press

Tyalgum Press are delighted to announce the addition of five new Will Todd works to the catalogue.

O WISDOM
Scored for: SATB & Sax
Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 mins 30
Other Info: The antiphon O Wisdom was commissioned by saxophonist Sam Corkin and is featured on the recording  Drop down, ye heavens: Advent antiphons for choir & saxophone, recorded by Siglo de Oro, conducted by Patrick Allies.  This intriguing piece highlights the saxophone’s natural kinship with the human voice.

“Will Todd’s O Wisdom is a very energetic composition. Much use is made of jazzy syncopation. I think this is a terrific piece in which the music mixes dance-like rhythms and a spirit of proclamation. Todd most effectively marries the old world of the words and the new world of his very twenty-first century music. The soprano saxophone is an extremely prominent extra voice in the Todd piece.” John Quinn, Music Web International

 

THE VIRGIN’S SONG
Scored for: SATB a cappella
Level: Challenging
Duration: 3 minutes
Other Info:  The Virgin’s song was written in 1989 and is one of Will Todd’s earliest choral works. The elegant chromaticism of the short but intense setting opens out into the tonal flourish of the final chords. It was published in December 2016 due to popular request. The carol was first performed by Bristol University Chamber Choir in 1990 and subsequently recorded by Full Score, conducted by Ralph Woodward on the Tyalgum label.

 

REJOICE CHORAL SUITE (small band arrangement now published)
Scored for: SATB & Big Band or Smaller Band arrangement
Level: Medium
Duration: 12 minutes
Other Info:  Rejoice Choral Suite was commissioned in 2011 for Surrey Youth Big Band and Surrey Youth Choir by Surrey Arts and The Lee Family in memory of their daughter Beatrice. The three movements are entitled: Sing, The Lord and The Lord your God.  It is a setting of biblical text from Zephaniah. Originally scored for SATB and big band it was first performed in London in 2012, conducted by Rufus Frowde.  Rejoice is available as a recording by the Wellensian Consort, conducted by Christopher Finch, on the album Footprints.

 

ADAM LAY Y BOUNDEN
Scored for: SATB & Piano/Organ
Level: Easy
Duration: 2 mins
Other Info: Adam Lay Y Bounden was commissioned in 2016 by Solihull School and is scored for SATB with either piano or organ accompaniment.  These famous words which have been set by so many eminent composers, are from a 15th Century macaronic text of unknown authorship and they relate the events of Genesis, Chapter 3.  The British Library, which holds the manuscript on which the poem is found, dates back to the reign of Henry V c.1400 and speculates the lyrics may be attributed to a wandering minstrel.

 

FIRE OF LOVE
Scored for: SSAATTBB & piano
Level: Challenging
Duration: 6 mins
Other Info: Fire of Love was first performed on 22nd March 2016 at St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate, London.  With words by the composer the work is written for SSAATTBB and piano.

O WISDOM included on new release Drop down, ye heavens

O WISDOM included on new release Drop down, ye heavens

Will Todd’s O WISDOM was specially commissioned for this new recording on the Delphian label entitled Drop down, ye heavens: Advent antiphons for choir & saxophone.

Recorded by Siglo de Oro, saxophonist Sam Corkin and conducted by Patrick Allies, this intriguing piece highlights the saxophone’s natural kinship with the human voice. Released 21st October 2016.

 

 

 

 

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London Live television feature on Will Todd’s Jazz Carols

London Live television feature on Will Todd’s Jazz Carols

London Live television feature on Will Todd’s Jazz Carols

Will Todd discusses his Jazz Carols performed at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square over Christmas in an atmospheric candlelit carol service.  The arrangements can be heard on the recording Christmas in Blue.  The Jazz Carols are published by Boosey and Hawkes.

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IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal

IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal

This year marks the 90th Anniversary of the BBC Radio 4 Christmas appeal with St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square.  The appeal is in aid of homelessness nationwide.

Will’s arrangement of IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER is the soundtrack to this  appeal. Listen to the BBC Radio 4 appeal choir and Will Todd perform in this special Sunday worship in aid of the Christmas appeal, first broadcast on Sunday 4th December.

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Back in the 1920s, the vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Dick Sheppard, was preaching at a service broadcast on the BBC. Sheppard asked those listening to send in donations to support those in need in the run-up to Christmas. This was the beginning of a partnership that has continued for 90 years. For the past nine decades, Radio 4 listeners have supported the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields with charitable donations that go towards helping some of the most vulnerable in our society through the various charities and agencies the church supports.

The current vicar, the Rev Dr Sam Wells leads a service to mark the appeal and the work it has done. Familiar Radio 4 voices join those reflecting on the history and impact of the appeal. The preacher is the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James, with music from the Radio 4 Choir, the composer, Will Todd, and St Martin’s Voices, directed by Andrew Earis.

 

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MY LORD HAS COME featured on Gareth Malone’s new album

MY LORD HAS COME featured on Gareth Malone’s new album

An atmospheric rendition of Will Todd’s My Lord Has Come with saxophonist YolanDa Brown is featured on A Great British Christmas, the new CD by Gareth Malone.

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The single track is now available for digital download and the CD will be released on 2 December 2016.

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New Will Todd titles from Boosey & Hawkes

New Will Todd titles from Boosey & Hawkes

Boosey and Hawkes have extended their Will Todd catalogue to include 5 more ravishing works with a seasonal flavour.

See Amid the Winter’s Snow
Scored for SA & piano, this 4 minutes setting of See Amid The Winter’s Snow was written for Philip Redfern and the choir of St George’s School, Edinburgh and premiered in December 2014.

In this Place
Scored for A Cappella SATB this 4 minute setting of the composer’s own words was commissioned by Roger Muttitt for the 600th anniversary of Durham School and premiered at Durham Cathedral in 2014. A recording of this piece by Tenebrae is available on Lux et Veritas, an album of Will Todd choral music for the Signum Classics label.

Two Extra Jazz Carols
A new addition to the ever popular Jazz Carol series by Will Todd, this publication includes setting of O Come All Ye Faithful and God Rest You Merry Gentlemen.  Scored for SATB & piano with optional jazz ensemble these words have been recorded by St Martin’s Voices on the album Christmas in Blue.

Vidi Speciosam
This 7 minute anthem scored for  SSAATTBB was commissioned in 2012 by Simon Winter to celebrate 25 years of the chamber choir Felicitas.

Will Todd writes:
“Thinking about the unaccompanied vocal texture brought me back to my 1995 setting of the words of The Venerable Bede, Christus Est Stella, which in turn made me think of the beautiful words of Vidi Speciosam. The setting seeks to convey the ecstatic nature of the text, set almost exclusively in a homophonic style; the harmonies are rich and opulent like the text.”

A recording of this piece by Tenebrae is available on the album The Call of Wisdom, released by the Signum Classics label.

New Tyalgum titles

New Tyalgum titles

Tyalgum Press are delighted to announce the addition of three new Will Todd works to the catalogue.

Whisper Him My Name
Commissioned for Harry Christophers and The Sixteen by the Genesis Foundation to celebrate the 60th birthday of its founder and chairman, John Studzinski CBE in 2016. Scored for SSAATTBB and based on an existing prayer of Saint Joseph, Ben Dunwell’s beautifully crafted words are set in three sections. They may be sung separately or as a set of three lasting 7 minutes, and any or all may be introduced or followed by the final ‘plainsong’ section.

Lights, Stories, Noise, Dreams, Love and Noodles
Scored for SATB, Mixed children’s choirs, piano, bass, drums and percussion, this 25 minute cantata is
a collaboration between composer Will Todd and one of the UK’s most celebrated children’s authors Michael Rosen. Commissioned by The Bach Choir, this work was premiered at Westminster Central Methodist Hall on 17 June 2016 and conducted by David Hill.

“Echoes, memories, pictures and sounds of a city: and the words and music that spring from it all.” Michael Rosen


Blessed Are The Peacemakers

Scored for SATB & piano this 3 minute anthem was commissioned by Enid Merrit to celebrate the musical career of Paul Merrit and was premiered in Canada at First-St Andrew’s United Church, London, Ontario in  June 2016.

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Will Todd’s MY LORD HAS COME featured on The Sixteen’s new album

Will Todd’s MY LORD HAS COME featured on The Sixteen’s new album

Song of the Nativity by The Sixteen conducted by Harry Christophers is released on 30th September 2016 on the Coro label.

The Sixteen contrasts the dramatic intensity of music by some of today’s most admired composers with  traditional and modern carols.  Every one of them by their unashamed simplicity, captures the joy and sincerity of this most wonderful of seasons. This album provides a perfect peaceful and uplifting antidote to the hectic pre-Christmas rush.

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Will Todd’s Clarinet Concerto debuts at number 3 in the Classical Charts!

Will Todd’s Clarinet Concerto debuts at number 3 in the Classical Charts!

“Delightful new repertoire for the clarinet to savour”   Classic FM CMYK logo

Emma Johnson’s recording of Will Todd’s Clarinet Concerto recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra on the Nimbus label entitled An English Fantasy debuts at number 3 in the Specialist Classical Charts!

“Will Todd’s Concerto for Emma is impish and jazzy, with bluesy muted trumpet setting off the Ballad central movement. Johnson slips and slithers through the lively outer movements with a great sense of character.” Gramophone Magazine

 

“Will Todd is one of the leading voices in British contemporary music. His range is wide: from a jazz mass to accessible choral, from a grand opera Brunel to a violin concerto, from major choral-orchestral to sacred music for choirs. Here he adds to the store of English clarinet concertos. This one goes with a frictionless, swerving swing. It’s lyrical, yes, but also carries inflections from blues and jazz.. The finale is punchy, howling and sinuous. The movement titles give a hint: I. Blues and Dance; II. Ballad and III. Funky Tunes.” Music Web International

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Emma says:

“I have sensed an increasing desire from audiences to engage with the new/contemporary music I perform, and a hunger for lyrical, evocative works that are eminently enjoyable. It is a joy to play these wonderfully lyrical pieces, by composers who have the ability to speak to a wide audience – no mean feat.”

Emma Johnson MBE was a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Midweek recently with Libby Purves where she discussed her recent portrait sitting for Pembroke College, Cambridge and her new recording An English Fantasy, featuring Will Todd’s Clarinet Concerto recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra on the Nimbus label.  The interview plays out with a sneak preview of Will Todd’s concerto.  Enjoy!

Emma Johnson’s new album An English Fantasy features recordings of four clarinet concertos written especially for her by four English composers, John Dankworth, Patrick Hawes, Paul Reade and Will Todd.

Emma Johnson MBE is a clarinettist whose career was launched in 1984 when, at the age of 17, she won the BBC Young Musician of the Year. She is the first woman to have a portrait commissioned by the University of Cambridge’s Pembroke College since the college was founded over 650 years ago.

 

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