for SSATB & piano or organ
Duration: c5 minutes
Commissioned by The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, in celebration of the school’s tercentenary
Commissioned by William Saunders for the Royal Hospital School, Ipswich in 2013, Exalt us in Your love is based loosely on the words of the Royal Hospital School Prayer. There is plenty of room for rubato in this piece, but keep returning to the tempo so that forward momentum is maintained, especially in drier acoustics. It’s also important to make the most of the contrasting dynamics.
Recommended recording: Will Todd: Lux et Veritas (Signum SIGCD394) by Tenebrae, conducted by Nigel Short.
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 works, 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 and Concert Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Opera Holland Park, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, The Bach Choir, St Martin’s Voices and the Genesis Foundation. 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.