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Will Todd

Born: 1970. Living in: England

English composer Will Todd is well known for his beautiful and exciting music. His work encompasses choral works large and small, opera, musical theatre and orchestral pieces, as well as jazz compositions and chamber works.

His anthem, The Call of Wisdom, was performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations with a TV audience of 45 million people. His breakthrough work, Mass in Blue (originally titled Jazz Mass), has been performed hundreds of times all over the world. His arrangement of Amazing Grace was performed at President Obama's Inauguration Day prayer service in 2013 and as part of the BBC's Nelson Mandela Thanksgiving Service.

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Will Todd : Six Jazz Carols : SATB : Sheet Music Collection

Will Todd : Six Jazz Carols

Innovative jazz arrangements of six carols originally created for a service of Jazz Carols at St Martin in the Fields, London by Will Todd. Rich harmonies serve to bring new expression to familiar Christmas material which is written for SATB voices and piano, with scope for optional congregational singing.

Songlist: Silent Night, Once in Royal David's City, Away In a Manger, We Three Kings, In the Bleak Midwinter, Personent Hodie

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Voicing: SATB | 2945b | Sheet Music Collection | $7.95 | With Piano


Will Todd : Brightest and Best : SATB : Songbook : 1784543284 : 48024221

Will Todd : Brightest and Best

This setting of the famous hymn words by Reginald Heber, a particularly suitable text for Epiphany, was written in memory of Benjamin Hutto, Director of Music at St John's, LaFayette Square, Washington DC. It received its premiere during the churches bicentennial year in March 2016. Todd's characteristic close harmonies and memorable melodies pervade this attractive carol, which is highly approachable for intermediate choirs. A tender unison treatment of the first verse leads to four-part harmony and a descant in successive verses, followed by a large climax, key change and introduction of an optional organ part for the final verse, before a calm, meditative ending. All this combines to create a showstopper of a carol which will delight audiences and congregations.

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Voicing: SATB | 7765b | Songbook | $5.25 | With Piano


Will Todd : Songs of Peace : SATB divisi : Songbook : 888680978297 : 178454065X : 48024803

Will Todd : Songs of Peace

Written in memory of the composer's mother, Will Todd's Songs of Peace is a six-movement work about love and loss. Two of the movements are scored for upper voices. Although it is not a conventional Requiem, it might be appropriate in a memorial context, butshould by no means be confined to it: in many ways it is a very 'life-affirming' work, characterised by Todds recognisable jazz-infused harmonic language, memorable melodies, and powerful and personal texts. Songs of Peace is designed as a work which may be performed complete, as separate movements (two of which are scored for upper voices) or as a selection. It can be accompanied by piano alone (as written, embellished or extemporised - chord symbols are supplied where appropriate) or jazz trio

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Voicing: SATB divisi | 9935b | Songbook | $15.95 | With Piano


Will Todd : Two Extra Jazz Carols : SATB : Songbook : 888680949556 : 1784542385 : 48023983

Will Todd : Two Extra Jazz Carols

Following Three Jazz Carols and Three More Jazz Carols is an additional pair of innovative jazz arrangements of carols originally created in 2012 for a service of Jazz Carols at St Martin in the Fields, London by Will Todd. Todd's iconic rich harmonies and toe-tapping rhythm serve to bring new expression to familiar Christmas material, which is written for SATB voices and piano, with scope for optional congregational singing. They can be performed using the supplied piano part or embellished using the supplied chord symbols. Double bass may also be used in addition to piano, again following the supplied chord symbols, and parts for optional jazz ensemble (brass quintet and jazz trio) accompaniment are available for download.

Songlist: O Come, All Ye Faithful, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

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Voicing: SATB | 10002b | Songbook | $6.95


Will Todd : Jazz Missa Brevis : SATB : Sheet Music : 888680616847 : 178454177X : 48023748

Will Todd : Jazz Missa Brevis

Will Todd's Jazz Missa Brevis gives new life to the sung Latin Mass texts in an accessible, short setting which embraces a variety of jazz styles, from the swinging jazz waltz Kyrie to the up-beat Latin-groove Gloria. The smooth jazz ballad Sanctus, 7/8 Benedictus and soulful Agnus Dei complete this inspiring Mass setting. Underpinned by Todd's characteristic jazz harmonies and melodic craftsmanship, it is suitable for performance both liturgically and as part of a concert by mixed choirs of all abilities. The work can be accompanied by piano alone (as written or extemporised), jazz trio (piano, bass and drums) or jazz ensemble (alto saxophone, 2 trumpets and jazz trio - parts available separately).

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Voicing: SATB | 40498b | Sheet Music | $12.95


Will Todd : Mass in Blue : SATB : Songbook : 9780193400504

Will Todd : Mass in Blue

Will Todd's Mass in Blue is a dynamic, uplifting, and highly popular jazz setting of the Latin mass. The work features driving grooves and blues harmonies, with provision for short piano solos (notated or improvised) and great moments of musical interplay between soprano soloist and choir. Itas a worthy centre-piece for any concert. For this edition the composer has revised the work, making it more widely accessible.

A set of notated parts for jazz trio (piano, with chord symbols, bass, and drum kit) plus an optional alto sax part is available separately on sale and on hire/rental. A full backing CD, recorded by the Will Todd Trio, is also available on sale.

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Voicing: SATB | 40499b | Songbook | $16.50


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A Boy Was Born : SSATBB : Will Todd : Songbook : 48023025 : 888680070731 : 0851629237

Will Todd : A Boy Was Born

A new carol from composer Will Todd, written for a service of Jazz Carols at St. Martin in the Fields, London. Full of jazz inflections, this restrained and reflective piece will be a valuable addition to the Christmas choral repertoire.

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Voicing: SSATBB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48023025


Amazing Grace : SSAATTBB : Will Todd : John Newton : Sheet Music : 48022680 : 884088916671 : 0851627277

Will Todd : Amazing Grace

A jazz influenced arrangement of the Christian hymn, written for Andrew Earis and the choir of St Martin in the Fields, London and performed at President Obama's Inauguration Day prayer service at St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington DC.

Composer: John Newton

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | Sheet Music | $2.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48022680


An Earthly Blessing : SA : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48023312 : 888680070724 : 1784540315

Will Todd : An Earthly Blessing

An Earthly Blessing is a gentle reflection on the miracle of God's arrival at Christmas in the recognisable jazz style of Will Todd. In the poem, written by the composer, the personal and individual nature of the Christmas story is brought out, and the music flows around the words, gradually building to the phrase 'open my heart' before returning for a gentle conclusion.

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Angel Song II : SATB : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48019572 : 884088158613

Will Todd : Angel Song II

The composer writes of this piece: Angel Song II is inspired by the idea of angels singing on Christmas night. The music weaves a gentle melody over the aleatoric textures of the accompanying voices. The text is designed to create the echo of the word Hosanna, but with no consonants, so the music feels as if it comes from on high.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48019572


At Evening : SATB : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48024189 : 888680705213 : 1540004368

Will Todd : At Evening

Equally successful in concert or worship, this beautiful and short piece by Will Todd uses his characteristic rich, warm harmonies and shapely melodies. The piano accompaniment is supportive by never gets in the way of the subtle shifts of the melody.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | With Piano


Ave Verum Corpus : SATB : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48019574 : 884088158637

Will Todd : Ave Verum Corpus

Written for a school choir in 2001, the hauntingly beautiful Ave verum corpus is flexible enough to be entirely suitable for church or cathedral choir, or chamber choir, with accompaniment for either piano or organ. The anthem can be sung in either Latin or English.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.80 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48019574


Ave Verum from Songs of Peace : 2-Part : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48023399 : 888680041663 : 1784540412

Will Todd : Ave Verum from Songs of Peace

From the major work Songs of Peace for treble voices and written in memory of his mother, Will Todd has taken the vivid and powerful imagery of this 14th century text and shaped it into a beautiful and lyrical song. Your choir will enjoy shaping this beautiful melody.

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music


Christ Is the Morning Star : SATB : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48019749 : 884088240547

Will Todd : Christ Is the Morning Star

Will Todd's exquisite treatment of this famous text of hope is gentle and yet powerful. The repeated motifs, the well-placed unison passages, and the occasional a cappella sections, all combine to make a reflective and expressive choral anthem.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.80 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48019749


Encircled : SATB divisi : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48024190 : 888680705220 : 154000435X

Will Todd : Encircled

Commissioned to celebrate the 20th wedding anniversary of friends, this poem by Catherine Lomas works beautifully for any celebration of love. There is a beautiful lyricism to the imagery of these words which choirs love to sing.

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | A Cappella


Every Stone Shall Cry : SATB : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48019573 : 884088158620

Will Todd : Every Stone Shall Cry

Every Stone Shall Cry sets words by Richard Wilbur and is very energetic. The jazzy block chords and added 9th harmony reflect the joy of the Christmas message. The syncopated choir rhythms also make the text bounce along.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.80 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48019573


I sing because . . . : SATB divisi : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48023349 : 888680036812 : 1784540447

Will Todd : I sing because . . .

With an aching melody which starts on upper voices and gradually builds to the whole choir, this work features the composer's characteristic lush vocal harmonies and improvisatory accompaniment. The result is a very emotionally charged piece in which the words and music complement each other greatly.

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $2.95 | With Piano |
48023349


In This Place : SATB : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48024191 : 888680705237 : 1540004341

Will Todd : In This Place

Beginning from a place of rubato and allowing this ebb and flow of the music to inform the performance this is music for a celebration. An original poem by the composer is one of renewal and both the text and the music build to a thrilling climax at the final phrase.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | A Cappella


Kyrie Eleison : SATB : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48024044 : 888680677619

Will Todd : Kyrie Eleison

Here is the first movement from Will's major work Jazz Missa Brevis. This music works equally well in liturgy or in concert ands can be performed with only piano, a jazz trio or a full jazz ensemble. All options are available from the publisher.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48024044


Lead Me Lord : SATB : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48019237 : 884088091439

Will Todd : Lead Me Lord

Stately and meditative, this gentle contemporary setting of Psalm 5 is quietly powerful, calling us to God's service. Soprano solo.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48019237


Lighting the Way : SATB : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48019239 : 884088091453

Will Todd : Lighting the Way

Mostly unison, and later breaking into two parts, this work is a tuneful celebration of God's blessings. The lilting melody combined with the fresh and contemporary harmonies give this anthem its special charm.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.10 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48019239


Make Not a Bond of Love : SSATB : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48023304 : 888680032968 : 1784540048

Will Todd : Make Not a Bond of Love

An attractive addition to the wedding/civil ceremony choral repertoire, Make not a bond of love is an approachable motet of around 3 minutes duration featuring Todd's characteristic lush harmonies and expert vocal writing. The text by Kahlil Gibran tells of the joys of love, but also of the need for individuality in a relationship.

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Voicing: SSATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
48023304


None Other Lamb : SATB : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48019750 : 884088240561

Will Todd : None Other Lamb

This is a stirring setting of a Christina Rossetti text for mixed a cappella choir. The phrasing is effortless, and vocal ranges undemanding, leaving extra room to concentrate on beautiful tone and expression.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.80 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48019750


O Lux Beata : SATB divisi : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48023350 : 888680036829 : 1784540323

Will Todd : O Lux Beata

This work, a setting of a 4th-century hymn text ascribed to St Ambrose of Milan, contrasts a plainsong style melody over the organ pedals with the rich and lyrical outpouring of larger choral sections. Although challenging in places, the subtle chromaticism and occasional lush close-harmonies create a very powerful and impressive anthem for general sacred use (the text is particularly fitting for evening use or on Trinity Sunday) but also as a striking addition to a concert programme.

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | With Piano


Precious Moment : SA : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48023348 : 888680036744 : 1784540439

Will Todd : Precious Moment

This song is the second movement of Todd's Songs of Peace, written in memory of the composer's mother. The first verse, with voices singing in unison, presents a contemplative and memorable melody over characteristic, jazz-inspired harmonies in the piano (or organ) accompaniment. This melody is then beautifully interwoven with a counter-melody as the voices split into two parts for the second verse. Precious Moment is featured on Tenebrae's album Lux et Veritas.

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Voicing: SA | Sheet Music | With Piano


Requiem : SATB : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48023400 : 888680041670 : 1784540420

Will Todd : Requiem

A setting of the Latin text from the Roman Missal, Requiem is the opening movement of a larger work entitled Songs of Peace, which was written in 2012 in memory of the composer's mother. Todd's gently chromatic, but undaunting, harmonic language combined with the powerful and personal text makes for a very effective piece, suitable for general performance as well as at sombre or memorial occasions.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.95 |
48023400


Stay with Me, Lord : SATB : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48020616 : 884088404680 : 1423481348

Will Todd : Stay with Me, Lord

A setting of Padre Pio's Prayer after Holy Communion commissioned by the Genesis Foundation and first performed by The Sixteen in June 2008 at Westminster Cathedral, London. Padre Pio (1887-1968) was, in his lifetime, a controversial and holy man, and was canonized St. Pius of Pietrelcina in 2002. He is known unofficially as the patron saint of stress relief, in accord with his most famous dictum, Pray, hope and don't worry. Will Todd sets an English version of the text by Ben Dunwell; by turns gentle and intense, the resulting choral prayer captures the reflective and emotional core of Pio's words. Duration: ca. 6:30.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.80 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48020616


Stay with Me, Lord : SATB divisi : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48023643 : 888680090746 : 1784541362

Will Todd : Stay with Me, Lord

Stay with me, Lord was originally commissioned by the Genesis Foundation as one of three commissioned settings of Padre Pio's Prayer after Communion, and first performed in June 2008 at Westminster Cathedral, London by The Sixteen, conducted by Harry Christophers. This version was arranged for the 2012 album The Call of Wisdom, an album of a selection of choral music by Will Todd, performed by Tenebrae and The English Chamber Orchestra and conducted by Nigel Short. Padre Pio (1887-1968), in his lifetime a controversial and holy man, was canonised St Pius of Pietrelcina in 2002. He is known unofficially as 'the patron saint of stress relief', in accord with his most famous dictum, 'Pray, hope and don't worry.' Stay with me, Lord sets an English version of the text by Ben Dunwell; by turns gentle and intense, the resulting choral prayer captures the reflective and emotional core of Pio's words. The Tenebrae version of the work may be accompanied by piano alone, or by string orchestra an

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The Lord Is My Shepherd : SATTBB : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48022647 : 884088991739 : 0851627285

Will Todd : The Lord Is My Shepherd

This setting was written as the 4th movement of Todd's 2009 Te Deum which was commissioned by the Vivace Chorus. Todd's jazz background is evident in this approachable but effective setting of the famous psalm text.

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Voicing: SATTBB | Sheet Music | $2.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48022647


The Lord Is My Shepherd : SSA : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48023270 : 888680032937 : 1784540269

Will Todd : The Lord Is My Shepherd

This setting was written as the 4th movement of Will Todd's 2009 Te Deum which was commissioned by the Vivace Chorus, conducted by Jeremy Backhouse, and may be performed with string orchestra or piano.

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48023270


This Other World : SSA : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48022919 : 888680032951 : 0851627293

Will Todd : This Other World

Inspired by workshops with the pupils of All Hallows School in Shepton Mallet, this work is about how the world around us can support us, change us, and lead us in our lives. The text is drawn from a pool of lyrics written by the pupils.

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.50 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48022919


Three Jazz Carols : SATB : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48023026 : 888680039745 : 0851629245

Will Todd : Three Jazz Carols

Innovative jazz arrangements of three carols originally created for a service of Jazz Carols at St Martin in the Fields, London by Will Todd. Rich harmonies serve to bring new expression to familiar Christmas material which is written for SATB voices and piano, with scope for optional congregational singing. Includes: Silent Night, Once in Royal David's City, Away in a Manger.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.95 | With Piano |
48023026


Three More Jazz Carols : SATB : Will Todd : Sheet Music : 48023384 : 888680058319 : 1784540331

Will Todd : Three More Jazz Carols

A second set of innovative jazz arrangements of three carols originally created for a service of Jazz Carols at St Martin in the Fields, London by Will Todd. Rich harmonies serve to bring new expression to familiar Christmas material, written for SATB voices and piano, with scope for optional congregational/audience singing. Includes: We Three Kings, In the Bleak Midwinter, Personent Hodie.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.95 | With Piano |
48023384

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