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In a new recording released by Signum records on Friday 27 March, The Bach Choir, alongside Finchley Children’s Music Group and a jazz ensemble, performs works by composer Will Todd. The recording features Lights, Stories, Noise Dreams, Love and Noodles (LONDON), Songs of Magical Creatures and Kites, Cards and Constellations.

Lights, Stories, Noise, Dreams, Love and Noodles was commissioned by The Bach Choir in 2015 and received its first performance at Westminster Central Hall on 17 June 2016 when over 200 children from the Choir’s outreach programme Vocalise! took part. The 25-minute work was a collaboration between jazz composer Will Todd and one of the UK’s most celebrated children’s authors, Michael Rosen, who created a modern and jazz-inspired vision of life in cosmopolitan London. The work was an instant hit with children, adults, and audience members alike, from the rumbustious ‘Rhythms of the City’ and the ‘Noises’ of buses, cars, and machines; to the lyrical ‘Love is What We Need’ and ‘I am what I am in my dreams’.

“I’m very excited that this new recording of my music by The Bach Choir is out this week. The recording of LONDON has all the energy and brilliance I could possibly have wanted. As always, it has been a joy to collaborate with conductor David Hill, The Bach Choir, Finchley Children’s Music Group and Signum Records.”    Will Todd 

The choral suite Kites, Cards and Constellations was first performed Westminster Cathedral Hall as part of a celebration of the life of Mark Blanco who died in 2006. Songs of Magical Creatures sets three sections from Shakespeare’s plays: two from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ariel’s speech Full Fathom Five from The Tempest.

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At a time when most of the world’s major cities are in lockdown this new release feels particularly poignant. In a moment of togetherness and to acknowledge the release of the new recording, Will and members of The Bach Choir got together online to sing along with the new recording. Watch the result here on YouTube: Virtual singalong with The Bach Choir and Will Todd.