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Mass in Blue (Full Band Version)

Scored for: Soprano soloist, SATB & Jazz trio (sax*)/ (Full band*) /(Strings*)
Level: Medium
Duration: 40 mins

Other Info: Mass in Blue was commissioned in 2003 by Hertfordshire Chorus and written for Will Todd’s wife, soprano Bethany Halliday. Since that time has become firmly established in the choral repertoire.  Mass in Blue is an upbeat jazz setting of the latin mass text for soprano soloist and SATB chorus and has various scoring options.

Performance Info: Mass in Blue can be performed with jazz trio with optional saxophone, or twelve-piece big band or in its orchestral string version with jazz trio.  Mass in Blue is published by Oxford University Press, with full scores and ensemble parts for the Full Band and Orchestral Strings versions available from Tyalgum Press under licence from OUP. The OUP Mass in Blue Vocal Score is compatible with all scorings.

 

Full Band Version: The Mass in Blue full band version is currently published by Tyalgum Press.

Full band version: 1st Wind – Alto Sax / Soprano Sax
2nd Wind – Tenor Sax / Clarinet / Flute
3rd Wind – Bass Clarinet / Baritone Sax
2 Trumpets
2 Trombones
Bass Trombone
Timpani / percussion (1 player) [3 timpani, tam-tam, susp cym]

This version is designed to be used in conjunction with the OUP Mass in Blue Vocal Score and the OUP Jazz Trio parts which need to be purchased separately.

Piano* (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Bass – upright or elec (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Drum Kit (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)

Soprano Solo: fully notated, jazz knowledge and style required
SATB choir

Mass in Blue is recorded on the Signum Classics label.

 

Mass in Blue Audio Learning Tracks
Available to choirs preparing for their forthcoming performance of Mass in Blue.

 

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

“a remarkable fusion, a telling setting of the words, supported by wonderful rhythms . . . what verve, what rhythm, what accuracy”  Shelagh Godwin/ Surrey Advertiser/ 2011

 

“Mass in Blue was undoubtedly the highlight of the evening: each movement was set appropriately to its content – gospel and blues for the Kyrie, lots of brass for the Gloria, a haunting ballad for the Agnus Dei, and a return to the upbeat Credo for a grand finale.” Joss O’Kelly/ The Bucks Herald/ 2005

 

“[Will Todd] has a gift for melody and writes in an approachable style that has its roots firmly in the Anglican tradition. Here, we find him setting the ancient words of the mass to a vibrant jazz accompaniment and blues-style solos, with a panache that carries the listener along in its ever-changing soundscape.”  Neil Crutchley/ Leicester Mercury/ 2008

 

If you would like to enquire about Will Todd, a Mass in Blue soprano soloist, the Will Todd Trio or the Will Todd Ensemble being part of your Mass in Blue performance or if you are interested hosting a Will Todd workshop or singing day to prepare for your choir’s forthcoming performance please contact us.

 

All performances of Mass in Blue do require some level of amplfication.
Download Mass in Blue production requirements

When ordering please select the sheet music format in the drop down menu below.
Music is available as a hard copy or a downloadable PDF with a license to make a single copy.

PDFs with a license to make a single copy – for multiple copies of PDFs please select the appropriate number of copies you wish to make in order to purchase the relevant copying license.

Hard copies – due to the nature of our small business all our prices reflect the price of printing on demand. For orders of more than 10 copies (not including PDFs) please enter the coupon code TP10discount at checkout for a 10% discount. For orders of more than 20 copies (not including PDFs) please enter the coupon code TP20discount at checkout for a 20% discount

Vocal Score ISBN 9780193400504
Trio Parts ISBN9780193404816
Full Band Version Full Score ISMN 9790570700660, Catalogue number TP700660
Full Band Instrumental Parts ISMN 9790570700677, Catalogue number TP700677

For customers outside the UK – PDFs of this title with a licence to print a single copy are available below. The printed full score and set of instrumental parts published by Tyalgum Press are distributed worldwide by Edition Peters.

Full Score Visit Edition Peters

Instrumental Parts Visit Edition Peters

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Mass in Blue (Jazz Trio Version)

Scored for: Soprano soloist, SATB & Jazz trio (sax*)/ (Full band*) /(Strings*)
Level: Medium
Duration: 40 mins

Other Info: Mass in Blue was commissioned in 2003 by Hertfordshire Chorus and written for Will Todd’s wife, soprano Bethany Halliday. Since that time then work has become firmly established in the choral repertoire.  Mass in Blue is an upbeat jazz setting of the latin mass text for soprano soloist and SATB chorus and has various scoring options.

Performance Info: Mass in Blue can be performed with jazz trio with optional saxophone, or in a twelve-piece Big Band Version or an Orchestral String Version with jazz trio.

The Mass in Blue Vocal Score and Jazz Trio Version is published by Oxford University Press. A Mass in Blue backing track is also available from Oxford University Press.

Full scores and ensemble parts for the Full Band Version and Orchestral Strings Version  are available from Tyalgum Press under licence from OUP.  The OUP Vocal Score of Mass in Blue is compatible with all scorings.

Jazz Trio Version:
Trio version: Drum Kit (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Bass – upright or elec (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Piano* (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Obbligato Soprano / Alto Sax (optional)
Soprano Solo: fully notated, jazz knowledge and style required
SATB choir.

Mass in Blue is recorded on the Signum Classics label

 

Mass in Blue Audio Learning Tracks
Available to choirs preparing for their forthcoming performance of Mass in Blue.

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

 

“I have been conducting concerts for nearly fifty years and I can’t remember such an enthusiastic response from a choir or audience.’ George Jones, conductor, Billingshurst Choral Society

”Others have done similar things: notably Tippett in his oratorio A Child of Our Time and Bernstein’s liberal use of jazz/blues idioms. But Todd is sufficiently his own man to do it his way.” Thomas Hall/ The Journal, Newcastle/ 2004

 

If you would like to enquire about Will Todd, a Mass in Blue soprano soloist, the Will Todd Trio or the Will Todd Ensemble being part of your Mass in Blue performance or if you are interested hosting a Will Todd workshop or singing day to prepare for your choir’s forthcoming performance please contact us.

Available to purchase from good music shops. Mass in Blue is published by Oxford University Press with the Full Band Version and Orchestral Strings Version available from Tyalgum Press under licence from OUP

 

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Mass in Blue (Orchestral Strings version)

Scored for: Soprano soloist, SATB & Jazz trio (sax*)/ (Full band*) /(Strings*)
Level: Medium
Duration: 40 mins

 

 

 

Other Info: Mass in Blue was commissioned in 2003 by Hertfordshire Chorus and written for Will Todd’s wife, soprano Bethany Halliday.  Since that time the work has become firmly established in the choral repertoire.  Mass in Blue is an upbeat jazz setting of the latin mass text for soprano soloist and SATB chorus and has various scoring options.

Performance Info: Mass in Blue can be performed with jazz trio with optional saxophone, or twelve-piece big band or in its orchestral string version with jazz trio. Mass in Blue in it’s Jazz Trio version is published by Oxford University Press, with full scores and ensemble parts for the Full Band and Orchestral Strings versions available from Tyalgum Press under licence from OUP. The OUP Mass in Blue Vocal Score is compatible with all scorings.

Orchestral Strings Version: 
The Mass in Blue orchestral strings version is currently published by Tyalgum Press.
Violin 1
Violin 2
Viola
Cello
Double Bass (orchestra)
Obbligato Trumpet (optional)
Obbligato Sax (optional)
Timpani / percussion (1 player) [3 timpani, tam-tam, susp cym]

Printed music string parts supplied 4,3,2,3,2.

This version is designed to be used in conjunction with the OUP Mass in Blue Vocal Score and the OUP Jazz Trio parts which need to be purchased separately.

Piano* (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Bass – upright or elec (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Drum Kit (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)

Soprano Solo: fully notated, jazz knowledge and style required
SATB choir

Mass in Blue is recorded on the Signum Classics label in its full band version.

 

Mass in Blue Audio Learning Tracks
Available to choirs preparing for their forthcoming performance of Mass in Blue.

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

 

“Todd knows what he’s doing, and he meets the challenge of writing a convincing jazz setting of the mass, and pulls it off magnificently.” This is Derbyshire/ 2011

 

“…Todd’s own Mass in Blue, an upbeat piece that really was uplifting. The choir … sang with gusto, clearly enjoying the work’s soaring lines and rich bluesy harmonies, and Halliday sounded free as a bird. Todd and his players were excellent throughout.”  Tom Owen/ Sheffield Telegraph/ 2008

If you would like to enquire about Will Todd, a Mass in Blue soprano soloist, the Will Todd Trio or the Will Todd Ensemble being part of your Mass in Blue performance or if you are interested hosting a Will Todd workshop or singing day to prepare for your choir’s forthcoming performance please contact us.

All performances of Mass in Blue will require some level of amplfication.
Download Mass in Blue production requirements

 

When ordering please select the sheet music format in the drop down menu below.
Music is available as a hard copy or a downloadable PDF with a license to make a single copy.

PDFs with a license to make a single copy – for multiple copies of PDFs please select the appropriate number of copies you wish to make in order to purchase the relevant copying license.

Hard copies – due to the nature of our small business all our prices reflect the price of printing on demand. For orders of more than 10 copies (not including PDFs) please enter the coupon code TP10discount at checkout for a 10% discount. For orders of more than 20 copies (not including PDFs) please enter the coupon code TP20discount at checkout for a 20% discount

Vocal Score ISBN 9780193400504
Trio Parts ISBN 9780193404816
String Version Full Score ISMN 9790570700684, Catalogue number TP700684
String Version Instrumental Parts ISMN 9790570700691, Catalogue number TP700691

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Mass in Blue (Vocal Score)

Scored for: Soprano soloist, SATB & Jazz trio (sax*) / (Full band*) /(Strings*)
Level: Medium
Duration: 40 mins

Other Info: Mass in Blue was commissioned in 2003 by Hertfordshire Chorus and written for Will Todd’s wife, soprano Bethany Halliday.  Since that time the work has become firmly established in the choral repertoire. Mass in Blue is an upbeat jazz setting of the latin mass text for soprano soloist and SATB chorus and has various scoring options.

Jazz Trio Version:
Soprano Solo: fully notated, jazz knowledge and style required
SATB choir.
Piano* (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Bass – upright or elec (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Drum Kit (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Obbligato Soprano / Alto Sax (optional)

Read more about the Mass in Blue Trio Version

Full Band Version:
Soprano Solo: fully notated, jazz knowledge and style required
SATB choir.
Piano* (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Bass – upright or elec (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Drum Kit (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Wind – Alto Sax / Soprano Sax
2nd Wind – Tenor Sax / Clarinet / Flute
3rd Wind – Bass Clarinet / Baritone Sax
2 Trumpets
2 Trombones
Bass Trombone
Timpani / percussion (1 player) [3 timpani, tam-tam, susp cym]

Read more about the Mass in Blue Full Band Version

Orchestral Strings Version:
Soprano Solo: fully notated, jazz knowledge and style required
SATB choir.
Piano* (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Bass – upright or elec (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Drum Kit (fully notated, jazz knowledge, improvisation expected)
Violin 1
Violin 2
Viola
Cello
Double Bass (orchestra)
Obbligato Trumpet (optional)
Obbligato Sax (optional)
Timpani / percussion (1 player) [3 timpani, tam-tam, susp cym]

Read more about the Mass in Blue Orchestral Strings Version.

The Mass in Blue vocal score is now published by Oxford University Press and is compatible with all scorings.  It is available to purchase or hire. A backing track is also available through OUP.

“Todd’s imaginitive score . . . electrifying.” Jill Barlow/ The Watford Observer/ 2004

 

“a complete triumph for all concerned with a truly memorable performance which filled the Abbey with tremendous sounds” John Manning/ Herts Advertiser/ 2013

If you would like to enquire about Will Todd, a recommended Mass in Blue soprano soloist, the Will Todd Trio or the Will Todd Ensemble being part of your Mass in Blue performance or if you are interested hosting a Will Todd workshop or singing day to prepare for your choir’s forthcoming performance please contact us.

Mass in Blue is recorded on the Signum Classics label

 

Mass in Blue Audio Learning Tracks
Available to choirs preparing for their forthcoming performance of Mass in Blue.

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

 

Available to purchase from good music shops. The Mass in Blue vocal score is published by Oxford University Press. Instrumental parts for the Jazz Trio version and a Mass in Blue backing track are also available through OUP.  Full scores and ensemble parts for the Full Band Version and Orchestral Strings Version available from Tyalgum Press under licence from OUP.

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O Come All Ye Faithful

Scored for: SATB & jazz trio (optional brass quintet)
Level: Medium
Duration: 5 mins

 

Other Info:  This arrangement of O Come All Ye Faithful was written for the choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields in 2012 for their jazz Christmas carols concert.

One of the Two Extra Jazz Carols published by Boosey and Hawkes.  Two Extra Jazz Carols contains God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and O Come All Ye Faithful.

Instrumental parts: piano, bass, drums and brass quintet (2 trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba).

Other sets of carols arranged by Will Todd are also available.

Three Jazz Carols includes Silent Night, Away in a Manger and Once in Royal David’s City.
Three More Jazz Carols contains arrangements of We Three Kings, In the Bleak Midwinter and Personent Hodie.
The Jazz carols Hark the Herald and I Saw Three Ships are also available as separates.

O Come All Ye Faithful is featured on the album Christmas in Blue recorded by St Martin-in-the-Fields on their own label.

O Come All Ye Faithful is published by Boosey and Hawkes.

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O Wisdom

Scored for: SATB & Soprano Sax
Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 mins 30

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Once in Royal David’s City

Scored for: SATB and piano (optional bass and drums)
Level: Medium
Duration: 5 minutes

Other Info: Written for Andrew Earis and the choir of St Martin in the Fields.  This carol can be purchased separately or as part of Three Jazz Carols along with Away in a Manger and Silent Night.  It is an innovative jazz arrangement of a well known carol.  Rich harmonies serve to bring new expression to familiar Christmas material which is written for SATB voices and piano, with scope for optional congregational singing.  They can be performed using the supplied piano part or embellished using the chord symbols above. Double bass may also be used in addition to piano, again following the supplied chord symbols.

Other sets of carols arranged by Will Todd are also available.

Three More Jazz Carols contains arrangements of We Three Kings, In the Bleak Midwinter and Personent Hodie.
Two Extra Jazz Carols includes O Come All Ye Faithful and God Rest You Merry Gentlemen.
The Jazz Carols Hark the Herald and I Saw Three Ships are also available as a separates.

Recordings of Will Todd’s Jazz carols are available on the Christmas in Blue album but St Martin-in-the-Fields

Once in Royal David’s City in a G Major version is published by Boosey & Hawkes in the publication Three Jazz Carols.

[The 2011 jazz instrumental version of Once in Royal David’s City by Will Todd is published by Tyalgum Press.  The jazz trio lead sheet is available to purchase here.]

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Passion Music

Scored for: Female gospel soloist, SATB & jazz ensemble
Duration: 40 mins
Level: Moderately difficult

 

 

 

Other Info:  Passion Music continues the fusion of jazz and choral music so successfully blended in Will Todd’s 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?. While some sections are reflective, Todd also makes full use of his understanding of energetic jazz and gospel. The vocal soloist is given plenty of expressive freedom, singing both with the choir and independently to achieve the characteristic jazz-soul style. The seven-piece jazz accompaniment, which is presented in the vocal score as a piano reduction for rehearsal only, completes the ensemble.

The movements Stabat Mater and My Love Has Died For Me are available as separates published by OUP.

The full score and set of parts for the jazz accompaniment published by OUP are available for sale and hire.

A complete backing track and individual rehearsal tracks for the vocal parts are also available to download here 

Orchestration: pno, bass, drum kit, sax (sop/alto – 1 player), tpt, tbn, timp/perc

1 Greater love has no man
2 I give you a new commandment
3 There is a green hill far away
4 My song is love unknown
5 Stabat Mater
6 Seven last words
7 My love has died for me
8 Do not stand at my grave and weep
9 Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

 

 

A recording of Passion Music is available on the recording Passion Music and Jazz Missa Brevis on the Signum Classics label.

Vocal Score: ISBN 9780193523807

Available to purchase from good music shops. Passion Music is published by Oxford University Press.

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Personent Hodie

Scored for: SATB & piano (bass & drums*)
Level: Medium

Other Info: Personent Hodie is included in a set of innovative Christmas jazz arrangements. Three More Jazz Carols was originally created for a service of Jazz Carols at St Martin in the Fields, London. Rich harmonies serve to bring new expression to familiar Christmas material.  Includes parts for drum kit and bass guitar. Other titles included in this publication are We Three Kings and In the Bleak Midwinter.

Other sets of carols arranged by Will Todd are also available.

Three Jazz Carols contains Away in a Manger, Once in Royal David’s City and Silent Night.
Two Extra Jazz Carols includes O Come All Ye Faithful and God Rest You Merry Gentlemen.
The Jazz Carols Hark the Herald and I Saw Three Ships are available as a separates.

Recordings of Will Todd’s Jazz carols are available on the Christmas in Blue album by St Martin-in-the-Fields

Personent Hodie is published by Boosey & Hawkes in the publication Three More Jazz Carols .

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