The Call of Wisdom


Will Todd is one of the UKs 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. On this disc, 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 new comission ‘The Call of Wisdom’, which on June 5th 2012 will be presented on the occasion of a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral for the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II.


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" … [a] disc of miniature but perfectly formed musical marvels." Gramophone

Will Todd
English Chamber Orchestra
Nigel Short, Conductor

Release date:4th Jun 2012
Order code:SIGCD298
Barcode: 635212029824

November 2012

Is Will Todd slowly morphing into the new John Rutter? This soothingly mellifluous collection of 12 short choral pieces suggests as much. Tenebrae, a crack choir, sings it all immaculately. 

BBC Music Magazine

October 2012

Will Todd’s moment in the glare of popular consciousness came in June when his anthem The Call of Wisdom was sung at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee service in London. Given here in a version for SATB and accompanied by a bland electronic organ rather than the St Paul’s Cathedral behemoth, it loses some of the original ‘aaah’ factor but, under the graceful direction of Nigel Short, the 22 mixed voices of Tenebrae imbue it with a warm, comfortable glow.

Words like ‘exciting’ and ‘adventurous’ do not readily associate themselves with any of the choral pieces on this disc but these uniformly excellent performances do not merely induce a deeply satisfying sense of well-being, they also occasionally send the hairs on the back of the neck rising. Nowhere does this happen more than in the atmospheric orchestral clusters which set the scene for ‘Man Unkind’, an extract from Todd’s 1995 oratorio St Cuthbert, or the restrained power of That we may love again, superbly caught in Signum’s richly atmospheric recording.

Without in any way diminishing the quality of the unaccompanied items – and the luminously dense harmonies of Vidi speciosam are quite inspired -what distinguishes the music on this disc is the ingenious interweaving of Tenebrae with the English Chamber Orchestra. Todd certainly knows what he is about: the three-part Among Angels achieves a delicious integration of harp and voices, while he creates a lovely feeling of timelessness as the sopranos float effortlessly around the rich string textures of Stay with me, Lord, at a whisker over seven and a half minutes the longest single track on this disc of miniature but perfectly formed musical marvels. 

Marc Rochester, Gramophone

  1. The Lord is My Shepherd – Will Todd – 4.48
  2. Stay With Me, Lord – Will Todd – 7.44
  3. The Call of Wisdom – Will Todd – 5.12
  4. Man Unkind – Will Todd – 5.09
  5. My Lord Has Come – Will Todd – 3.25
  6. That We May Love Again – Will Todd – 6.21
  7. Vidi Speciosam – Will Todd – 7.04
  8. Among Angels: Part 1: Fear Not – Will Todd – 5.35
  9. Among Angels: Part 2: Find only Joy – Will Todd – 4.19
  10. Among Angels: Part 3: Seek out Light – Will Todd – 4.45
  11. You Have Seen the House Built – Will Todd – 5.42
  12. I Sing Because … – Will Todd – 6.39