Will Todd: Mass In Blue, Etc / Backhouse, Halliday, Et Al
Leading young composer Will Todd performs a unique fusion of sacred choral music and jazz in his 'Mass in Blue'. This central work is complemented by beautiful musical settings of religous texts, infused with a highly individual and melodic style, bringing the composer's life-long love of traditional choral music into the 21st century with spiritual sensitivity and a contemporary edge. An accomplished jazz musician, Will Todd has played piano, saxophone and clarinet in Jazz bands from an early age and in 1999 he toured Europe, the Far and Middle East and America with his Jazz Quartet. Soprano Bethany Halliday brings an eclectic vocal style to her performance. The daughter of a Baptist pastor, her early influences were gospel, in particular the recordings of Mahalia Jackson, one of the world's greatest gospel singers. She went on to train as an opera singer but has maintained a love of Jazz and gospel music. His extensive output includes opera, musicals, oratorio, orchestral works and works for children and amateur performers. His work has been featured on Radio 3's In Tune, Classic FM and the Radio 2 Arts Programme and he has had performances of his music all over the UK as well as in the USA.
Catalog Number: SIGCD083
Label: Signum Classics
Composer: Will Todd
Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vasari Singers
Performer: Adrian Revell, Ben Castle, Bethany Halliday, Chris Storr, Dominic Glover, Fayyaz Virji, Fiona McWilliams, Gareth Huw Davies, Jim Fleeman, Matthew Turner, Mike Smith, Patrick Hartley, Richard Henry, Will Todd