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Published on Feb 21, 2011
Excerpts from the extraordinary jazz mass (Mass in Blue, 2003) by the inimitable Will Todd. A fusion of choral music, liturgical harmony and pure blues, it is, as Jeremy Backhouse implies, the real thing.
It has been performed numerous times and this collection contains both rehearsal and concert footage from Cambridge, Carshalton and Romsey. Many thanks to all the singers and musicians who agreed to take part.
This piece is designed to be performed by church choral societies as well as professional choirs, and though difficult, is well worth the effort. Go to http://www.willtodd.com/ for more information about performing or watching this piece.
British composer Will Todd (b. 1970) is well known for his diverse catalogue of works including the opera The Blackened Man; oratorios The Burning Road and St Cuthbert; concertos for violin, trumpet and saxophone; and particularly his works for choir, ranging from the large scale Mass in Blue to smaller works suitable for inclusion in liturgical settings. Over the past decade, Will has collaborated with various librettists and his music has been performed to great critical and audience acclaim in the UK, Europe and the USA. He has worked with the BBC Singers, The Sixteen, the Hallé Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia Chorus, WNO and the Royal Opera House.