British composer and pianist Will Todd will be in residence with VOX PHILIA Chamber Choir from May 20-22, 2016. Todd is best-known for his choral works, among them The Call of Wisdom, commissioned for HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, and the Mass in Blue, which has been performed over 100 times throughout the world since its 2003 premiere. He has worked with award-winning choirs The Sixteen and the BBC Singers, and given performances at the Royal Opera House, the Lincoln Center in New York, London’s Barbican, and with Welsh National Opera.
We would welcome your attendance and participate in any of the following events – for more information, please write and visit our website, www.voxphilia.org for updates. All events take place at Immanuel UCC, 99 S. Waverly St., Shillington, PA 19607.
CHORAL WORKSHOP – SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016 from 10-12:30 PM
Join us as Will introduces us to several of his choral pieces, encompassing a wide range of ensembles and skill levels. Please register via the above email NO LATER THAN APRIL 15, to ensure we have octavos for all participants. This is a FREE EVENT and attendees will be able to purchase all of the music at a discount!
“My music is about bringing people together – jazz musicians and church choirs; top class professional musicians and enthusiastic community music-makers; brass bands and opera singers; children’s choirs and wonderful organ sounds.” Will Todd
EVENING CONCERT – THAT WE MAY LOVE AGAIN, MAY 21 AT 7:30 PM
Vox Philia Chamber Choir and Wilson High School Select Choir present a selection of Todd’s finest works for choir, including the local premiere of his new Jazz Missa Brevis.
Tickets are $10/Adults and $5/Students – proceeds benefit Family Promise
COMMUNITY CONCERT – SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2016
REHEARSAL FROM 2:30-5:30 AND CONCERT AT 7:30 PM
Join a massed community choir to rehearse and perform Todd’s powerful Te Deum. The performance will be accompanied by a large ensemble of brass, piano and organ. To sing, register via the above email NO LATER THAN MAY 10 to ensure we have music and a seat for you. Please include your name, address, email, and voice part.
Tickets are $10/Adults and $5/Students – proceeds benefit IUCC Mission Trips
“Todd’s brilliant new piece was the highpoint of the evening . . . From the bold virtuosic timpani writing in the opening bars of the Te Deum it was clear that the audience was in for a treat. Todd’s musical language is drawn from a variety of sources which are integrated into a compelling musical cocktail. If there were echoes of Walton and Britten in one movement, there were traces of Sondheim and Duke Ellington in another.” (Stephen Goss’s review in the Surrey Advertiser, 2009)