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Will Todd is one of the UK's most popular and performed modern choral composers. His output includes works for choir, stage works, and orchestral works, and his music has been featured on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4 and Classic FM, and performed all over the UK, Europe and the USA. Here, Nigel Short conducts superlative performances of his works by his BBC Music Magazine Award-winning choir Tenebrae and the English Chamber Orchestra. This compilation of his works includes the premiere recording of a comission The Call of Wisdom, which on 5 June 2012 was presented on the occasion of a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral for the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
From that first commission followed OperaGenesis workshops at the Royal Opera House of my opera Pusila, leading to a second Genesis commission. This was for a choral piece based on a Padre Pio prayer Stay with me, Lord also performed by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, this time at a packed Westminster Cathedral alongside Padre Pio commissions from James MacMillan and Roxanna Panufnik. It gives me immense satisfaction that the Padre Pio CD has received praise from around the world and that my setting has been performed and enjoyed by choirs and congregations all over the country.
My friendship and collaboration with John Studzinski and the Genesis Foundation has been inspiring and nurturing. Quite simply, neither commission included on this recording could have been brought to life without their vision and support. On this disc these pieces are paired with other favourites from my choral repertoire, in several cases featuring new arrangements for the recording.
Will Todd © 2012