Will Todd Ensemble and soprano Bethany Halliday joining St Albans Chamber Choir

Bethany Halliday

Bethany Halliday - Credit: Archant

FOLLOWING the sell-out performance two years ago of the Mass in Blue by young British composer, Will Todd, St Albans Chamber Choir is welcoming him back next Saturday, March 2.

The Will Todd Ensemble will be giving a repeat performance of the mass at the jazz-inspired choral concert at 7.30pm in St Albans Cathedral.

More than 250 people crowded into St Saviour’s Church two years ago to hear the upbeat setting of the Latin mass and the Chamber Choir hopes to attract an even bigger crowd this time for the big band version of Mass in Blue.

Joining them as before will be young soprano, Bethany Halliday, who continues to impress audiences with her vocal versatility.

The Chamber Choir’s musical director, John Gibbons, who chairs the British Music Society, commented: “It will be great to give the people of St Albans another chance to hear this terrific piece – it always inspires enthusiasm, even in those who’ve never been to a choral concert before and is a great advertisement for 21st-Century British choral music.”

Also on the programme is Leonard Bernstein’s psalm settings, Chichester Psalms, which are full of jazz-inspired energy reminiscent of the composer’s musicals, especially West Side Story.

A version of Gershwin’s popular showpiece I Got Rhythm, arranged for choir and piano, will complete the evening.

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Tickets at £25, £18, £14 (reserved) and £10 (unreserved) are available from the ticket secretary on 07570 454744, by emailing tickets@stalbanschamberchoir.org.uk, online at www.allaboutstalbans.com, or from the St Albans Cathedral box office on 01727 890256.