Jazz gets religion this Sunday

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Portsmouth Cathedral has long held an ambitious programme of commissioning new music.

The latest in this will be the Portsmouth Jazz Missa Brevis by Will Todd.

The Jazz Missa Brevis was commissioned by Portsmouth Cathedral and will be performed for the first time at the cathedral’s Patronal Festival Service on Sunday at 10.30am at Portsmouth Cathedral by the Portsmouth Cathedral Choir, conducted by Dr David Price, director of music at Portsmouth Cathedral.

Award-winning British composer and jazz pianist Will Todd is perhaps best known for combining jazz and blues with traditional choral music.

Will says: ‘I’m delighted to be working on a jazz mass setting for the singers and musicians at Portsmouth Cathedral.

‘I’ve created a bluesy jazz waltz Kyrie, an up tempo Gloria, a 3/4 jazz ballad Sanctus, a Benedictus in 7/8 time and a soulful Agnus Dei.’

The celebrant and preacher for the service will be the Bishop of Portsmouth Christopher Foster.

All are welcome to attend.