Will Todd is perhaps best known for his choral works, which range from large scale oratorios such as Saint Cuthbert and The Burning Road (about the Jarrow March) to smaller scale pieces such as Angel Song II and The Call of Wisdom. His flagship work is the jazz mass setting Mass in Blue which has been performed more than 100 times around the world since its 2003 premiere.

Will Todd's choral works are published by Tyalgum Press, OUP and Boosey & Hawkes.




work in rehearsal

The Call of Wisdom (2012)

choir and organ (available in both upper voices or SATB versions)

Words - biblical texts from Proverbs 8 set by Michael Hampel (see below)


5 minutes 12 seconds

Commissioning details

Commissioned by St Paul's Cathedral for the Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Service on 5th June 2012.  Performed by the Diamond Choir in the prescence of HM The Queen and broadcast live on BBC Televsion.

Additional information

Published by Oxford University Press
Recorded by Tenebrae on The Call of Wisdom for Signum Classics (SIGCD298)

Lord of wisdom, Lord of truth, Lord of justice, Lord of mercy;
walk beside us down the years till we see you in your glory.
Striving to attain the heights, turning in a new direction,
entering a lonely place, welcoming a friend or stranger.
I am here, I am with you. I have called: do you hear me?
Silver is of passing worth, gold is not of constant value,
jewels sparkle for a while; what you long for is not lasting.
Rulers govern under me with my insight and my wisdom.
Those who know me know my love, those who seek me find their answer.
God the Father and the Son, Holy Spirit coeternal.
Glory be ascribed to you, now and to the end of ages.


9 December 2012 - St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

30 November 2012 - St George's School, Edinburgh

29 September 2012 - Sparsholt Village Hall

18 June 2012 - Craigentinny School, Edinburgh

5 June 2012 - St Paul's Cathedral, London and live on BBC Television

13 May 2012 - Holy Trinity Church, Guildford