Will Todd has been playing the piano since he was three and composing since he was seven years old. His output includes works for choir, stage works and orchestral works, and his music has been performed throughout the UK, the USA and Europe.
Will’s flagship work is the 2003 jazz mass setting Mass in Blue, which has been performed more than 80 times around the world since its premiere; on most occasions with the Will Todd Trio and Will at the piano. The larger Will Todd Ensemble has also recorded Mass in Blue with the Vasari Singers for Signum Records.
Other notable works include the opera The Blackened Man which won second prize in the International Verdi Opera Competition 2002, and was subsequently staged at the Buxton Festival; the oratorio Saint Cuthbert which has been performed many times and recorded by the Hallé Orchestra; music theatre work The Screams of Kitty Genovese, produced most recently by Tête á Tête Opera in London and Edinburgh; and a cantata about the Jarrow March – The Burning Road.
Recent premieres have included Will’s Requiem for choir, soprano and electric guitar, commissioned and premiered by the Fairhaven Singers in 2009; Te Deum for the Vivace Chorus under Jeremy Backhouse; and Jazz Concerto for Clarinet – a new clarinet concerto for Emma Johnson. Future plans include a setting of Keat’s Ode to a Nightingale for Hertfordshire Chorus; and the New York premiere of Mass in Blue at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.