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.