Will Todd Trio
The Will Todd Trio has been in existence since 1999 and performs regular gigs, has made various recordings, and undertakes a variety of workshop and education work.
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.
Gareth Huw Davies
Gareth Huw Davies is a London based double and electric bass player. He also works professionally as a recording engineer, producer, and music theatre keyboard programmer.
He has performed all over the world with artists such as Sir Willard White, Graham Coxon, the Will Todd Trio/Ensemble, The Ian Macmillan Orchestra, Charlie Dore, Mark Eitzel, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Molly Nyman, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra, and is frequently in the West End working on musicals including the Lion King, Legally Blonde and Billy Elliot. Recent session work includes four series of Noson Lawen (S4C) and numerous BBC radio broadcasts, the soundtracks of Shifty, Stephen Fry in America, and Michael Palin (New Europe).
His production work is focussed on an ongoing series of discs with Will Todd, but also features numerous other musicians and projects including four years running a commercial studio and designing studio systems for schools and colleagues. Programming work includes Evita, Cabaret, Scrooge and other national tours for Bill Kenwright Limited, South Pacific and Associate Programmer on the Legally Blonde UK Tour for ATG plus various other shows.
He does corporate, INSET and workshop education, including for the Wigmore Hall, and is Assistant Director of CSSM Summer School of Music. www.garethhuwdavies.co.uk
Jim studied Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has since led a varied and extensive career, working with artists such as Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Mark Eitzel, Kenny Wheeler, Omar, Damon Albarn, Sir Willard White, Mike Figgis and the Hallé Orchestra. He has played for series on BBC 1 & 2 and Sky Television in addition to numerous TV and radio broadcasts and has worked on productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.
Jim has been working with Will Todd since 1999. He has played on the recordings of Will’s Mass In Blue, Te Deum and Jazz Evensong and performed those works extensively around the UK in venues such as the Barbican, Durham Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Romsey Abbey, Sheffield Cathedral, Guildford Cathedral, Snape Maltings and on BBC Radio. Jim has also played on UK productions of Will’s opera The Screams of Kitty Genovese. As the Will Todd Trio they have performed around the world and recorded a CD – Sounds of Light.