Born in 1970, English composer Will Todd is best known for combining jazz and blues with traditional choral music. His work encompasses choral works large and small, opera, musical theater, and orchestral pieces, as well as jazz compositions and chamber works.
His anthem, “The Call of Wisdom,” was performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations with a TV audience of 45 million people. His breakthrough work, “Mass in Blue” (originally titled “Jazz Mass”), has been performed hundreds of times all over the world. His arrangement of Amazing Grace was performed at President Obama’s Inauguration Day prayer service in 2013 and as part of the BBC’s Nelson Mandela Thanksgiving Service.
He has collaborated with award-winning choirs The Sixteen and Tenebrae, as well as with the Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Opera Holland Park, BBC Singers, BBC Concert Orchestea, The Halle Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, The Bach Choir, and St. Martin’s Voices.
His discography includes best-selling choral discs Lux et Veritas and The Call of Wisdom, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Mass in Blue, Ode to a Nightingale, Passion Music, and Jazz Missa Brevis, all on the Signum Classic label. His clarinet concerto, recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra and Emma Johnson, was released in 2016. His music is regularly broadcast on Classic FM as well as on BBC Radio 3.
Recent commissions include an oratorio for The Bach Choir written with former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen and operas for the Welsh National Opera and Opera North.