ODE TO A NIGHTINGALE: NEW RELEASE 6TH OCTOBER 

You can now pre-order the forthcoming release of Ode to a Nightingale on the Signum label with the BBC Concert Orchestra. 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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Posted by Classic FM on Monday, 13 February 2017

Click to hear sneak preview of CD mastering session from Will Todd’s Choral Symphony no.4 Ode to a Nightingale recorded by Hertfordshire Chorus with David Temple and coming soon in October 2017 on the Signum Classics label.

 

 

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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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.

Living classical composers rely on radio play to get their music heard.  Thank you to all of you who supported Will by voting for ‘Stay with me Lord’ in this year’s Classic FM Hall of Fame.  He is up 44 places and is keeping company with the likes of Ravel, Saint-Saens and Shostakovich…….we’ll take that!

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

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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