Todd - Mass in Blue & Wheeler - On the Breath of the Sky
Saturday 21 June 2014 at 7.30pm
Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
Bethany Halliday: soprano
Will Todd Ensemble
SignuptoSing Saffron Walden Youth Choir
Janet Wheeler: conductor
Will Todd's Mass in Blue is an upbeat setting of the Latin mass for SATB choir, soprano solo and jazz trio. It is a brilliant blend of driving jazz grooves and clear, strong, choral writing against which the solo piano and solo soprano voice weave and blend in a delightful aural tapestry.
Bethany's virtuosic jazz singing is closely associated with this work. Her performances have been ecstatically reviewed. She also reprises the solo part in Janet Wheeler's cantata On the Breath of the Sky, having sung in the work's premiere in 2007 and subsequently recorded some of it. This cantata, to words by Nick Warburton, deals with the plight of the albatross and uses the same jazz trio backing as the Mass, with additional drums. Bethany and the Trio also perform a Jazz Set.
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