Will Todd is coming home!

Will Todd is coming home!

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:

ACCORDING TO THY GRACIOUS WORD
Scored for: SATB & Piano
Level: Easy
Duration: 4 mins
Other Info: According To Thy Gracious Word was commissioned by Michael Higgins and the choir of St John the Baptist, Wimbledon in 2016.This work is a setting of the traditional hymn words by James Montgomery (1771-1854).

 

BALLAD OF THE FADING LIGHT
Scored for: Solo violin and piano accompaniment
Level: Easy
Duration: 7 minutes
Other Info: Commissioned by violinist Vicky Jolliffe, this evocative and gently flowing work is written for solo violin and and piano accompaniment.

Vicky Jolliffe writes:

“In 2016 I commissioned Will Todd to write a piece for me for violin and piano which would capture the space and ethereal quality of his choral works.

The result was Ballad Of The Fading Light and I am still overwhelmed by extraordinary beauty.  It combines a sense of the vastness of space and time with the feel of an improvisation giving an utterly captivating immediacy to the work.

Opening with a pulsating heartbeat in the piano, long contemplative phrases in the violin line rise and linger.  A central section marked ‘rippling and expressive’ shimmers like a Kandinsky painting before a return to the languid melody of the opening, reworked in different octaves.  At the end we feel alone and yet not lonely, pensive yet not maudlin.”

 

 

LULLABY FOR TINY
Scored for: Piano
Level: Easy
Duration: 2 minutes
Other Info: Commissioned in 2015 by Tiny Talk Baby Signing and Toddler Talk for their competition winner, Nate.  This beautifully simple lullaby is scored for piano.

 

LET EVERY VOICE
Scored for: SATB & Piano
Level: Medium
Duration: 5 mins
Other Info: Commissioned by Dale Webb and Wherwell singers in 2017 to celebrate the choirs 20th Anniversary. The words are from Ecclesiasticus 39 13-15, translated by Revd. Brian Pickett and Anne Steele (1717-1778).

 

JUBILATE DEO
Scored for: SATB & Organ
Level: Medium
Duration: 3 mins
Other Info: This setting of Psalm 100 was commissioned by Canford Summer School of Music in 2017 by Gareth Huw Davies.  First performed in Sherborne Abbey as part of the mid week Summer School Evensong.

MY LORD HAS COME to feature in ORA Advent Calendar

MY LORD HAS COME to feature in ORA Advent Calendar

My Lord Has Come to be broadcast worldwide on December 11th as one of the Final 24 carols to feature in the ORA Singers musical Advent Calendar

ORA founder and artistic director Suzi Digby says:

‘Choral music is for life, not just for Christmas, and this is too good an opportunity to miss – 24 days to introduce and remind listeners of the stunning range of contemporary carols out there.  We hope these will be the soundtrack of Christmases hence.’

To celebrate each day of Advent, ORA have selected and recorded a collection of seasonal carols, reflecting the best and most spell-binding choral music of today. Throughout the month of December the Advent Calendar, available on the ensemble’s website, will reveal one track a day until the official release on the 24th of December. The entire album will be available to download and stream from Harmonia Mundi at the end of the year.

The collection includes carols by Sally Beamish, Richard Allain, Morten Lauridsen, Cecilia McDowall and Arvo Pärt, and to bookend the calendar, ORA has commissioned works from John Rutter and Debbie Wiseman for 1 and 24 December respectively.

Todd’s popular carol ‘My Lord Has Come‘ will be revealed on the 11th December so be sure to tune in to any of the following worldwide stations to catch it:

  • Classic FM
  • Klassikaraadio- Estonia
  • Latvijas Radio- Latvia
  • ITU Radyosu Klasik- Turkey
  • 3MBS- Australia
  • 4MBS- Australia
  • RNZ Concert- New Zealand
  • Clasic Radio- Romania
  • Clasica FM Radio- Spain
  • Radio Cultura- Brazil
  • RGMC- Russia
  • O1 Service- Austria
  • 20 Sound- Germany
  • Radio Classic- Finland

The track will also be available to stream on the day through Itunes, Amazon Prime and Spotify.

Would you like to include My Lord Has Come in your Christmas concert? Purchase your copy here or have a listen below:

 

 

 

BRIGHTEST AND BEST Published by Boosey & Hawkes

BRIGHTEST AND BEST Published by Boosey & Hawkes

Todd’s Brightest and Best has now been published by Boosey & Hawkes and has been selected to feature in the B&H CD sampler. 

 

Brightest and Best was commissioned by the Choir of St John’s La Fayette in memory of their Director of Music Benjamin Hutto and received it’s premiere in honour of the church’s Bicentennial year in March 2016. Will Todd attended the occasion to assist in leading both the St. John’s and Parish Choirs and the Dan Dufford Jazz Ensemble for this Music Festival Service.

The work is a setting of the famous hymn words by Reginald Heber and is a particularly suitable text for Epiphany.

 

Brightest and Best is now available directly from Boosey & Hawkes.

 

You can listen to a clip from the Boosey & Hawkes CD sampler here:

 

And watch the premiere of the work sung by the choir of St John’s La Fayette:

 

 

GRAMOPHONE REVIEW: ‘Ode to a Nightingale’

GRAMOPHONE REVIEW: ‘Ode to a Nightingale’

ODE TO A NIGHTINGALE: RELEASED 6TH OCTOBER 2017

“This important release should be in every keen choral singer’s Christmas stocking.”

 

After landing straight in the Top 10 of the Specialist Classical Charts, Will Todd’s latest Signum CD release Choral Symphony No.4 ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ with the BBC Concert Orchestra and featuring Code Breaker by James McCarthy has received a glowing review from Gramophone Magazine.

Read the full review here:

“The harmonic highlight of the piece occurs in the fifth section (‘Away! Away!) at 1’27”, when there is the most beautifully melting moment any large choir could wish to relish.”

Specially commissioned by the Hertfordshire Chorus and conducted on the CD by David Temple, the work has been hailed as an “important addition” to the choral concert repertory.

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL @ OHP: The TIMES 40 best Christmas Shows for 2017

A CHRISTMAS CAROL @ OHP: The TIMES 40 best Christmas Shows for 2017

World Premiere of A Christmas Carol by Will Todd

Opera Holland Park’s semi-staged version of Will Todd’s latest work ‘A Christmas Carol’ has been selected as one of the Times “40 Best Pantomime and Christmas Theatre, Comedy, Dance and Opera Shows” for the 2017 festive period.

See the full article here:

 

Further Information

 

Using Dickens original text, abridged and dramatised by playwright David Simpatico, and interspersed with traditional Christmas carols, this semi-staged performance directed by Martin Duncan will use an actor in the speaking role of Dickens/Scrooge, eight principal singers from Opera Holland Park singing all other roles and three musicians.

The abridged version of this new work will have its world premiere as part of the Opera Holland Park Christmas Carol concert on 7 December at St Columba’s church in Knightsbridge. The concert will also feature traditional and sacred music, providing an extraordinarily evocative and unique yuletide evening.

 

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New CD Release: CHORAL SYMPHONY NO.4 ‘ODE TO A NIGHTINGALE’

New CD Release: CHORAL SYMPHONY NO.4 ‘ODE TO A NIGHTINGALE’

ODE TO A NIGHTINGALE: RELEASED 6TH OCTOBER 2017

The new release of Ode to a Nightingale on the Signum label with the BBC Concert Orchestra has gone straight into the top 10 Specialist Classical Charts. As well as Will Todd’s Choral Symphony No.4 ‘Ode to a Nightingale’, it features James McCarthy’s contemporary work Code Breaker.  Ode to a Nightingale has been specially commissioned by Hertfordshire Chorus and is conducted on the CD by David Temple.

“A major and profound work from a composer at the peak of his powers

 

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“Amazing Grace like you’ve never heard it before” BBC Radio 4 Sunday worship

“Amazing Grace like you’ve never heard it before” BBC Radio 4 Sunday worship

 

“Amazing Grace like you’ve never heard it before”

St Martin’s Voices sing Will Todd’s arrangement on Radio 4’s Sunday Worship

Listen

 

 

Mass in Blue Audio Learning Tracks and Instrumental Backing Track now available

Mass in Blue Audio Learning Tracks and Instrumental Backing Track now available

Mass in Blue audio learning tracks are now available for choirs preparing for their upcoming performance of Will Todd’s Mass in Blue.

An instrumental backing track of the Mass in Blue performed by the Will Todd Trio is also available for rehearsal purposes.

 

 

Mass in Blue Audio Learning Tracks

 

Mass in Blue Instrumental Backing Track

 

Will Todd improvises live on Classic FM from his composing shed

Will Todd improvises live on Classic FM from his composing shed

We're live with an improvisation from Will Todd Music…

Posted by Classic FM on Monday, 13 February 2017