Date: 4th June 2017
About Will Todd:
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; many times with the Will Todd Trio and Will at the piano.
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. His music is regularly broadcast on Classic FM, as well as on BBC Radio 3. 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. Notable works include the operas The Blackened Man (2001), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2013), Sweetness and Badness (2006), the oratorios Saint Cuthbert (1995), Ode To a Nightingale (2011), Rage Against the Dying of the Light (2014), The City Garden (2013), The Burning Road (1996), the musical The Screams of Kitty Genovese (2010), choral works Mass in Blue (2003), Requiem (2009), Te Deum (2008), Jazz Missa Brevis (2015), My Lord Has Come (2012), The Call of Wisdom (2012), and orchestral pieces Concerto For Emma (clarinet concerto 2015), Suite from Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1994) and Violin Concerto (1996). In 2016 he collaborated with the former children’s laureate Michael Rosen to create Lights, Stories, Noise, Dreams, Love and Noodles, a work commissioned by The Bach Choir for youth singers, choir and band. Will Todd grew up in the city of Durham in North East England, where his grandfather worked as a coal miner. He now lives in the South East of England with his family.
About the masterclass:
Durham Opera Ensemble is extremely excited to welcome the composer Will Todd to Durham! This masterclass will run in conjunction with a Masterclass hosted by Matthew Waldron.