Artistic Advisor to the Board
Will Todd has been playing the piano since he was three and composing since he was seven years old. His output includes works for choir, stage works, and orchestral works, and his music has been featured on BBC Radio and Classic FM, and performed all over the UK, Europe, the USA and beyond.
Will’s flagship work is the 2003 jazz mass setting Mass in Blue, which has been performed over a hundred times around the world since its premiere; on many occasions with the Will Todd Trio and Will at the piano. The larger Will Todd Ensemble has also recorded Mass in Blue with the Vasari Singers for Signum Records. His anthem The Call of Wisdom was commissioned by St Paul’s Cathedral for the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Service in June 2012.
His opera The Blackened Man won second prize in the International Verdi Opera Competition 2002, and was subsequently staged at the Buxton Festival (U.K). Music theatre work The Screams of Kitty Genovese has had three productions in the US and was staged by Tête à Tête Opera in London and at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010. Will Todd’s theatre works have been staged at the Millennium Centre (WNO); the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House; Buxton Opera Festival; the New York Music Theatre Festival; Public Theater New York; and The Sage Gateshead. Will’s newest opera Alice in Wonderland was premiered by Opera Holland Park in July 2013.
Recent projects have included working with international award winning chamber choir Tenebrae on two new discs of Will's choral music which were released to great acclaim on Signum Classics. Will has also collaborated on a new disc of jazz carol arrangements with the choir of St Martin in the Fields in London as well as making a new disc of jazz choral works with Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year Wellensian Consort. He was commissioned by ACDA to write a new work for the Middle School Girls' Honor Choir in 2015, and he continues to undertake a busy itinerary of workshops, conducting, commissions and performances of his music all over the world. Upcoming projects include working with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Opera House, The Sixteen, The Bach Choir and Opera Holland Park.