Todd: Lights, Stories, Noise, Dreams & Noodles

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Todd: Lights, Stories, Noise, Dreams & Noodles
Bach Choir, David Hill

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Release Date: Friday 11 October 2019

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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.

This CD celebrates the work of the Bach Choir's amazing outreach project with local schools, which culminated in 2016 with the new commission Lights, Stories, Noise, Dreams, Love and Noodles with words celebrated poet Michael Rosen. Other works on the disc include Will Todd's vibrant settings of Shakespeare for choir and orchestra Songs of Magical Creatures, and a work in memory of Mark Blanco Kites, Cards and Constellations.

"The recording is absolutely first rate, as are the performances. As should be obvious, I have thoroughly enjoyed this disc." MusicWeb


Songs of Magical Creatures*
For choir, percussion, strings and harp
Words by William Shakespeare

1. Fairy's Song
2. Full Fathom Five
3. Shadows
4. Fairy's Song (Reprise)

Lights, Stories, Noise, Dreams, Love and Noodles
For choir, youth choir and jazz ensemble
Words by Michael Rosen5. Prologue: City Rhythm
6. Lights
7. Noise
8. Stories
9. Dreams
10. Love
11. Noodles
12. Epilogue: City Rhythm (Reprise)

13. I will Light a Candle
For choir
Words by Will Todd

Kites, Cards and Constellations
For choir and piano
Words by Will Todd
14. Kites
15. Cards
16. Memories
Transcription of a solo improvisation
by Will Todd from the premiere in December 2016.
17. Constellations