WILL TODD’s “Mass in Blue” is an upbeat setting of the Latin mass for a 4-part choir, soprano solo and jazz trio or ensemble. It is a brilliant blend of driving jazz grooves and clear, strong, choral writing against which the solo piano and solo soprano voice weave and blend in a delightful aural tapestry. This exciting work will be performed on Saturday 25th January in St Martin’s Church Salisbury by the A Cappella Choir of South Wilts Grammar School, with soprano Bethany Halliday and the Will Todd trio (plus saxophone) with the composer at the piano, under the baton of Libby Poppleton.
The concert will also include works by Victoria, Hassler, Bruckner and Skempton, providing a marked contrast in styles.
A Cappella members recently sang the upliftingly beautiful semichorus in Benjamin Britten’s “St Nicolas” at the Salisbury Community Choir’s concert which which also featured the world premiere of Will Todd’s “The City Garden”. So “Mass in Blue” will be the second visit to Salisbury in a few months of this talented, versatile young composer.
Tickets, at £12 (£8 students), are available at the Cross Keys Bookshop in Salisbury or from Mrs Elaine Wood at SWGS, tel. 01722 323326.
South Wilts provides high quality education and is one of the top schools in the country. Academic achievement at South Wilts is excellent with outstanding examination results across all key stages. The school has over 1000 students, including over 376 students in the sixth form.
We not only focus on academic excellence but help the girls to become independent learners and young leaders. Our aim is to develop self-discipline, a feeling of self-worth, confidence in expressing themselves and a sense of responsibility towards our local community and wider society. We encourage participation in a wide range of activities outside the classroom with many enrichment opportunities across all subject areas, including international links.
The Ofsted inspection in October 2007 summarises the best aspects of the school. “This is an outstanding school in all respects. It is held in high regard by the vast majority of its students and their parents and rightly so. One parent accurately commented, “South Wilts is a wonderful school. The children are happy, hardworking and respectful. The staff certainly want the best from the children and will not accept second best”. “Second best” is not in the lexicon of this school, where excellence pervades all aspects of its work”.
The school became a New Academy in January 2011 and is also a member of the South West Academic Trust, which includes seven other selective schools in the South West and the University of Exeter.
This is a forward thinking school and has benefited from a number of building programmes in recent years providing first class facilities including outstanding ICT provision. The school's focus is always on teaching and learning and staff work hard to ensure that all students fulfil their potential in a supportive and friendly environment.
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