Mass in Blue – Part 2

On Sunday May 10th, 30 LCS members took part in an amazing ‘Come and Sing’ event at St John’s Smith Square, performing Will Todd’s jazzy Mass in Blue in support of the fantastic children’s charity, The Rainbow Trust. The Mass in Blue is a contemporary jazz setting of the Latin mass, written for choir, soprano soloist and jazz ensemble. It is fast establishing itself as a modern choral classic and has been performed well over 100 times around the world since its 2003 premiere. This event was a pretty exceptional performance, as St John’s resonated with the sound of around 400 singers, from choirs around the UK and beyond.

The Mass itself is a tremendous work to perform, with its infectious jazzy rhythms and harmonies, making for many of us quite a change from traditional choral settings of the Latin mass. It was also a wonderful experience to sing with such a superb line up of musicians: the incredible Will Todd himself on piano, his wife, Bethany Halliday, as the extraordinary soprano soloist, and Will’s own jazz band. And if that wasn’t enough, Will had persuaded some of the country’s leading choral conductors to come and conduct a movement each!

The Rainbow Trust supports over 25% of the 6,000 families in England who have a child aged 0-18 years of age with a life threatening or terminal illness. During the day, we learned a lot about the ways in which the Trust supports families and nothing could have been more moving and heartwarming than the speech given by Will and Bethany’s 9-year-old daughter Rowan, who has suffered from a brain tumour and has had to cope with 4 years of chemotherapy.

The Trust has given Bethany and Will the practical support they needed to be able to make their family life manageable and they in turn have found many ways to raise money for the charity. So it was wonderful to hear that Sunday’s event raised £20,000. LCS were delighted to offer our support and as a bonus, have a fantastic day!

To find out more about the work of the Rainbow Trust, click here

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