If purchasing for performance, the quantity must be equal to the number of performers
for mixed choir (SATB div) & piano
Text: English (Matthew 5)
Blessed are the peacemakers was commissioned as a retirement gift for Canadian organist and choir director Paul Merrit. It was first performed in 2016 at First-St Andrew’s United Church, London, Ontario, Canada. This setting of the well-known words makes use of a simple repeating melody which gradually builds through the piece. There are plenty of opportunities for sustained lines and a blended sound on the soft harmonies.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
from Matthew 5:9 (NRSV)
English composer and performer Will Todd is well known for his beautiful and exciting music, encompassing choral works large and small, opera, musical theatre and orchestral pieces, as well as jazz compositions and chamber works. Best known for his choral music, his Mass in Blue has been performed hundreds of times by choirs all around the world. Notable smaller works for choir include the anthem The Lord is my shepherd, available for both upper and mixed voices, and his arrangement of Amazing Grace, which was performed at President Obama’s Inauguration Day prayer service and as part of the BBC’s Nelson Mandela Thanksgiving Service. He has collaborated with award winning choirs The Sixteen and Tenebrae, as well as with the BBC Singers, The Bach Choir, St Martin’s Voices, the Genesis Foundation and major orchestras and opera companies. Will’s music continues to be in demand by performers amateur and professional, and he enjoys a busy international schedule of commissions, performances and conducting appearances.