Will Todd, born in 1970, is forging a strong reputation for himself as a composer who is equally at ease in opera, oratorio, church music and jazz. His style is instantly accessible and lastingly memorable. He spent his formative years steeped in both jazz and the English choral tradition so in his choral music he is able to juxtapose strong rhythmic drive and rich harmonies with exquisitely lyrical vocal lines.
'The Christ-child' is an example of Todd's writing at its most beautiful. Setting words by G.K. Chesterton, slow-moving piano chords underpin sublime four-part choral textures.