Passion Music and Jazz Missa Brevis


St Martin’s Voices
The Will Todd Ensemble
Shaneeka Simon Vocals
John Turville Piano
Will Todd Conductor

Passion Music was commissioned for the choirs of St Martin-in-the-Fields and continues the fusion of jazz and choral music so successfully blended in Mass in Blue. The structure highlights different points in the Passion story, beginning with a new setting of ‘Greater love has no man’ and including an evocative Stabat Mater, a movement focusing on the seven last words of Christ, and a setting of ‘Were you there when they crucified my Lord?’.

The Jazz Missa Brevis gives new life to the sung Latin Mass texts in an accessible, short setting which embraces a variety of jazz styles, from the swinging jazz waltz Kyrie to the up-beat Latin-groove Gloria. The smooth jazz ballad Sanctus, 7/8 Benedictus and soulful Agnus Dei complete this inspiring Mass setting.

"Shaneeka Simon would sound just as confident singing Broadway material and the St. Martins Voices [perform] with what can only be described as relaxed reverence"  Choir & Organ

"Sensitively, often rapturously written and immaculately performed"  BBC Music Magazine

"A stimulating release, beautifully recorded and produced" Gramophone

"There is a great deal to admire in this release from an important and gifted British choral composer" Church Times

"A must for devotees" The Northern Echo


Track listing


Passion Music
1. I. Greater Love

2. II. We Believe

3. III. A New Commandment

4. IV. Love Unknown

5. V. Stabat Mater

6. VI. The Seven Last Words From The Cross

7. VII. My Love Has Died For Me

8. VIII. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

9. IX. Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?


10. God So Loved The World


12. I. Kyrie

13. II. Gloria

14. III. Sanctus

15. IV. Benedictus

16. V. Agnus Dei


17. Tantum Ergo

18. What Sweeter Music

Additional information


St Martin’s Voices
Will Todd Ensemble
Shaneeka Simon (Vocals)
John Turville (Piano)
Will Todd (Conductor)

Release Date: 01/02/19
Catalogue No: SIGCD563
Label: Signum Classics
Barcode: 0635212056325

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