for mixed choir (SATTBB) & piano
Text: English (Psalm 23)
This setting was written as the 4th movement of my 2009 Te Deum which was commissioned by the Vivace Chorus, conducted by Jeremy Backhouse. It was originally performed by a choir of 120 school children in Guildford Cathedral and has since been used frequently in worship.
Commissioned by Vivace Chorus and dedicated to the memory of Keith Hester
First performance (as part of Te Deum): 16 May 2009 at Guildford Cathedral by Vivace Chorus, local youth choirs and The Will Todd Jazz Trio, conducted by Jeremy Backhouse
Will Todd is a UK-based performer and composer whose music spans a variety of styles and genres. Best known for his choral works, his 2003 jazz mass setting Mass in Blue has been performed more than eighty times since its premiere by choirs in the UK, Europe and the USA. Other notable works for choir range from large scale oratorios such as Saint Cuthbert (recorded by the Hallé Orchestra in 2002) to the anthem Stay with Me Lord, commissioned for The Sixteen. He has worked on operas and stageworks for OperaGenesis at the Royal Opera House and the National Opera Studio, and his 2009 Jazz Concerto for Clarinet, written for Emma Johnson, has been performed in the UK, USA and Finland. As a performer, Will Todd leads his own Will Todd Trio from the piano and was recently an invited guest artist at the Lincoln Center in New York.