HHS Choirs hosting English composer Will Todd in a residency

The Houston High School Choirs of Germantown, TN hosted English composer and conductor, Will Todd, in a brief residency on January 23 and 24, 2017. The residency included a choral reading session for middle and high school choral directors as well as local church musicians on Monday evening at HHS. The residency culminated with the Houston Choirs presenting works by Mr. Todd including his Mass in Blue for SATB choir, soprano soloist, and jazz trio. The concert, January 24 at the Germantown Performing Arts Center, was a huge success for GMSD fine arts program. The concert was free, but donations of $5.00 or more were accepted and greatly appreciated. This concert was partially funded by the GPAC Arts Education Fund.

Will Todd’s music is sung and loved all over the world. A composer of great fluency, his work encompasses choral works large and small, opera, musical theatre and orchestral pieces, as well as jazz compositions and chamber works. His 2003 mass setting Mass in Blue has been performed extensively worldwide. He has collaborated with award winning choirs The Sixteen and Tenebrae, as well as with the BBC Singers, BBC Concert Orchestra, The Halle Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, Opera Holland Park, Welsh National Opera, The Bach Choir and The Genesis Foundation. His discography includes best-selling choral discs Lux Et Veritas and The Call of Wisdom (Tenebrae; Nigel Short), Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Opera Holland Park) and Mass in Blue, all on the Signum Classic label.

Will Todd's music is valued for its melodic intensity and harmonic skill, often incorporating jazz colours, and his choral music is much in demand from amateur as well as professional performers. He has worked extensively with community choirs, children's choirs, youth choirs and church choirs, writing a large body of approachable liturgical music and directing regular workshops in the UK and internationally. It was a great honor to host this magnificently talented man.

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