An Evening With Will Todd

In 2008 Amici stepped quite significantly outside its comfort zone and performed the stunning jazz-idiom ‘Mass in Blue’ by young British composer Will Todd.  Will, his wife Bethany and his jazz trio joined Amici for that performance and it took us and the audience by storm.  Not everybody in the audience thought that this was Amici’s ‘thing’ but since then we have performed more of Will’s music, notably his wonderful arrangements of traditional Christmas carols.

We are for fortunate in our association in that Andrew Trewhella is a personal friend of Will Todd, and in November we are going to be joined once more by the Will Todd Trio to perform two more of his works, ‘Songs of Peace’ and the intriguingly named ‘Lights, Noises, Dreams, Love and Noodles’ (no, we don’t know what it’s about either!)

Songs of Peace is a six movement work – not a conventional Requiem although it contains a Requiem movement and a setting of the Ave Verum Corpus.  It is a piece about love and loss, so it could be appropriate in a memorial context, but in other ways it is a ‘life affirming’ work.

Lights, Noises etc’ is a collaboration between Will and children’s author Michael Rosen.  Described by Michael as “Echoes, memories, pictures and sounds of a city: and the words and music that spring from it all.”  this 25-minute cantata has some intriguing vocal and percussion aspects.   Should be interesting!

Throw in works by the celebrated Eric Whitacre and Richard Allain, this is a concert not to be missed!

 

We will be presenting this concert in the friendly ambience of St. James’s Church, Taunton on Saturday November 24th at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets will soon be available at the Taunton Visitor Centre (01823 340470) and via a link on this website.