“Migrations pulses with life”
“Shows WNO at its best”
“Ambitious and timely”
“Go and be captivated”
BBC Radio 3 hears from composer Will Todd and some of the 6 librettists, among them Sir David Pountney, Eric Ngalle Charles, Shreya Sen-Handley and Miles Chambers discussing WNOs new opera Migrations
Watch Will Todd’s extraordinary Symphony of Letters, a musical font with every letter of the alphabet visually realised in the written score.
Combining traditional requiem texts with a contemporary libretto by Dr. Robert Walker, Will Todd’s “mini opera” for soloists, choir, and chamber orchestra is a dramatic journey through the stages of grief.
Written by six writers from diverse backgrounds and composed by Will Todd and Jasdeep Singh Degun, Migrations is an an unmissable epic drama on a huge scale. Performed by an expanded WNO Orchestra and joined by a cast of 100 performers, including WNO Chorus, Renewal Choir Community Chorus, Bollywood dancers and a children’s chorus.
Directed by Caroline Chaneywith set and costume designs by Leslie Travers, Opera Collective Ireland’s touring production features a vibrant young Irish cast and the Irish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Stephen Barlow.
The University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir premiered Let All The People Praise You at their concert “Dreams and Visions” 19 February 2022 in St Machar’s Cathedral, Old Aberdeen. Scored for SATB and piano with bass, drums and alto sax you can watch the premiere here.
Review: Voices of Hope perform Passion Music “Voices of Hope performed Will Todd’s Passion Music beautifully”
Australian Contemporary Opera Company have announced their plans to present the live Australian premiere with an internationally renowned cast, supported by elite young Australian artists in February 2022.
World premiere of newly commissioned work m=pV by Southern Oregon Singers with conductor Paul French in 2023
Watch the world premiere from Will Todd commissioned by the Genesis Foundation, performed by The Sixteen conducted by Harry Christophers and broadcast live by Classic FM.
Will Todd introduces his 2013 family opera, commissioned by Opera Holland Park - with excerpts of the music and insights into the creative and collaborative process. “The most charming, least condescending opera for children I have seen. Todd’s instrumentation...
As part of his 2021 Youtube series, Will Todd talks to guitarist Thomas Gray and conductor Ralph Woodward about the commissioning and development of his 2009 Requiem for Voices and Electric Guitar.
A short tour through some of Will Todd's major works. Enjoy tasters from Mass in Blue, Passion Music, The Blackened Man, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and more.
The ‘Song For Nature’ concert brings together some stellar performers and composers including Queen guitarist Brian May and Wellerman singer Nathan Evans as well as Rachel Portman’s fabulous Earth Song and a host of other musical treats, interspersed with readings to coincide with Earth Day
Will talks to Chris Munce on the Choralosophy Podcast in collaboration with Oxford University Press
As part of Will Todd's 2021 Facebook and Youtube live series, Will analyses and introduces his 1995 oratorio Saint Cuthbert, with words by Ben Dunwell.
A new community opera by Will Todd. Produced in partnership with Opera North and Northern Heartlands. Available to watch on demand.
A friend of mine asked recently if I could write a ‘song of hope’. It’s definitely challenging right now in the middle of 2020 not to feel disconnected, anxious and concerned about the future. Taking inspiration from the trend of painting rainbows and putting them in windows as a sign of a hopeful future, Like A Rainbow Shining is a song for singers everywhere to enjoy and perform.
Will Todd has joined Into Opera and Performance Poet Adisa the Verbalizer to work with Six primary schools in Norwich to develop a major artistic response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Together, they have created a song cycle which is set to forever capture an important slice of social history. These songs will ensure that the perspective of these children , about the Covid-19 pandemic and the sudden changes it brought to their lives, will not be forgotten.
“…echoes, memories, pictures and sounds of a city: and the words and music that spring from it all.”
Will Todd talks to opera journalist Gareth Jones for WNO’s series of podcasts ‘The O Word’ which explores the world of opera both on stage and off.
If your choir is considering programming a choral jazz work this helpful 3 minute video is the perfect guide to getting you started.
“We've only gone and done it!"A line from Will Todd's new community opera for Opera North. In early 2020, Opera North joined forces with Northern Heartlands to create 'Song of our Heartland', with Will Todd and librettist Emma Jenkins in collaboration with the...
“How did you start to create music?” “Which composers inspire you?” “What is your composition technique?”
Just some of the questions answered in this article for the official Magazine of the International Federation of Choral Music.
On Mother’s Day 2019 some of the country’s greatest composers and musicians, including Dame Evelyn Glennie, John Rutter, Will Todd and Debbie Wiseman OBE launched #ShareTheLove - a new campaign by national charity Soundabout to raise awareness of the vital role that...
Composer Will Todd talks about the ideas and spiritual inspirations behind his new recording of Passion Music for BBC Radio 4. The jazz choral work written in 2018 for the choirs of St Martin in the Fields and gospel vocalist Shaneeka Simon is...
Opera Holland Park marked the one year anniversary of the Grenfell disaster with a special gala performance, raising money for the Rugby Portobello Trust. On Wednesday 13th June 2018 a choir of 200 children and adults from the community, alongside the opera chorus,...
Will Todd talks to Oxford University Press about finding a text for his music
Classic FM was live. 26 March 2018 · London “Passion Music....this incredible new work"Classic FM broadcast live excerpts of Will Todd’s new Passion Music published by Oxford University Press. Passion Music continues the fusion of jazz and choral music so...
"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...
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.
“Delightful new repertoire for the clarinet to savour” Classic FM
“impish and jazzy” Gramophone Magazine
40,000 people watch Will with his early morning Jazz improv for Classic FM!
Some years ago Will Todd collaborated with New York performance artist and playwright David Simpatico to create their haunting music theatre work The Screams of Kitty Genovese. At times funny, sometimes brutal, always moving and ultimately devastating, the work is...