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Composer Will Todd gives talk on composing jazz choral music and growing up in Durham

(12 February 2021)

English composer Will Todd is known for his beautiful and exciting music. His anthem, The Call of Wisdom, was performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and his arrangement of Amazing Grace was performed at President Obama’s Inauguration Day prayer service in 2013. John’s Music Society are delighted to host Will Todd, who will be speaking about composing jazz choral music and growing up in Durham at 7.30pm on Saturday 13 February 2021. This event will be held over Zoom, please RSVP via musicdurham.org/events and you will be sent the link by email.

Will taught himself the piano from an early age and grew up in County Durham, North East England where his grandfather was a coal miner and his parents were teachers. His love of improvising has been the central force in a wide ranging career of composing and playing.

He has collaborated with award winning choirs The Sixteen and Tenebrae, as well as with the Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Opera Holland Park, BBC Singers, BBC Concert Orchestra, The Halle Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, The Bach Choir, St Martin’s Voices.

Will Todd’s music is valued for its melodic intensity and harmonic skill, often incorporating jazz colours, and his choral music is much in demand from amateur as well as professional performers.

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