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Will Todd

Will Todd

Will Todd is a remarkable artist whose output encompasses opera, musical theatre, song, orchestral pieces, jazz works, community projects and a huge body of choral music ranging from simple anthems for church and youth choirs, to complex works for professional chamber choirs.

His The Blackened Man won second prize in the International Verdi Opera Competition in 2002 and was later staged at the 2004 Buxton Festival and at The Linbury - Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The Screams of Kitty Genovese, a music theatre work, has been produced at the Boston Conservatory and New York Musical Theatre Festival and more recently at the Te?te a? Te?te Opera Festival in London and the Edinburgh Festival.

Written for Welsh National Opera Max, Sweetness and Badness had over 40 performances in a tour during autumn 2006, and Whirlwind, commissioned by Streetwise Opera, was first performed at The Sage Gateshead. Damned and Divine was commissioned by English National Opera Studio, and Glyndebourne Youth Opera commissioned Firework in 2003. His ever-popular Mass in Blue (2003) for choir and jazz orchestra is performed all over the world by choirs of all ages.. Todd’s anthem The Call of Wisdom was commissioned for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, on the occasion of HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and was broadcast to millions worldwide on the BBC. The anthem was later included on same named album and was recorded with award-winning chamber choir Tenebrae and the English Chamber Orchestra. Will Todd released a subsequent album with Tenebrae, ECO and again on the Signum label entitled Lux et Veritas which reached number 3 in the Classic FM albums of the year in 2014.

Will grew up in the North East of England and is a self-taught pianist who started singing in choirs as a boy treble. He has since gone on to work with prestigious names in the music world including the Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, Opera Holland Park, Glyndebourne Youth Opera, English National Opera Studio, the BBC Singers, The Sixteen, Tenebrae and clarinettist Emma Johnson.