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Liverpool Welsh Choral: Come and Sing Day with Will Todd

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Workshop

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Standard: £25.00
Groups (6+): £20.00

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After having received a standing ovation for their recent performance of Mass in Blue, Liverpool Welsh Choral just want to sing more music by Will Todd and to share their enthusiasm with singers across the region. LWC is thrilled to present a Come and Sing Day with Will Todd.

Choristers, singers and all interested in choral music are invited to join Liverpool Welsh Choral in The Tung Auditorium. An unmissable opportunity to spend time with Will Todd, one of the UK’s leading choral composers, whose unique ability to blend classical and jazz styles never fails to excite and challenge choirs and thrill audiences.

Singers who have already sung music by this innovative composer, or those who are new to his work, are sure to learn something from this day, such as a new piece for the next concert, or a whole work to really challenge and extend a choir’s repertoire. Throughout the day Will Todd will lead participants in learning a selection of his works, finishing with an informal sing-through at the end of the day.

The Come and Sing Day with Will Todd will appeal to choirs, singing groups, individual choral enthusiasts and choral directors.

Visit the Liverpool Welsh Choral website to find out more about the event and to download the flyer.

Please note that doors open at 9.15am on the day for registration.

About Will Todd

Will Todd taught himself the piano from an early age and grew up in County Durham, North East England where his grandfather was a coal miner and his parents were teachers. His love of improvising has been the central force in a wide-ranging career of composing and playing.

His love of choral music is reflected in a large output including masses, anthems and larger sacred concert works including Mass in Blue, which has been performed hundreds of times around the world since its 2003 premiere. His carol My Lord Has Come has become a worldwide favourite since it was included in Oxford University Press’s Carols for Choirs Five in 2012.

Will has worked with many of the UK’s leading music companies including Welsh National Opera, Opera North, The Halle Orchestra, Opera Holland Park, The Sixteen, The BBC Singers and the BBC Concert Orchestra. He has had a fruitful collaboration with the award-winning chamber choir Tenebrae with whom he has made the two highly acclaimed albums The Call of Wisdom and Lux et Veritas; the latter was voted one of the top 20 albums of 2014 by Classic FM. 

Will Todd also has an impressive list of theatre works including The Screams of Kitty Genovese, produced most recently by Tête à Tête Opera in London and Edinburgh, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for Opera Holland Park, Migrations for Welsh National Opera and The Blackened Man, a prizewinner in the International Verdi Opera Competition.

He has been honoured to work with a wide range of choirs in Europe, the US and worldwide. He strongly believes in music making for all, and his personal motto when directing choirs is ‘find the passion’. Outside music his interests include supporting the environmental movement in any way he can, and he is planning to phase out his use of flying during the next few years. He lives with his family near London.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Will Todd was pleased to be able to work on a number of community-based projects supporting singers and youth choirs. His song Like A Rainbow Shining was written as a free resource for choirs worldwide and is available from www.willtodd.co.uk

Will frequently performs as a jazz pianist, leading the Will Todd Ensemble, and is in high demand as a workshop leader and conductor of his own music. His music is published by Oxford University Press, Boosey and Hawkes and Tyalgum Press.