Blues banished as capacity audience thrills to Mass in Blue (15 January 2011)

A capacity audience at St Saviour’s enjoyed an exciting evening of jazz-inspired music on Saturday 15 January 2011.  Rutter’s Birthday Madrigals and Karl Jenkins’ A Parliament of Owls in the first half went down well, but it was Will Todd’s Mass in Blue that really seized the imagination of performers and listeners alike.  This upbeat setting of the Latin mass is a brilliant blend of driving jazz grooves and clear, strong, choral writing, and the presence of Will Todd himself with his Trio, local saxophonist David Wigram and the thrilling young soprano soloist Bethany Halliday made this an evening to remember.