St Paul's Cathedral Diamond Choir

Music & Musicians

The Diamond Choir will sing a brand new work, The Call of Wisdom, by British composer Will Todd. The Choir will be conducted by St Paul's Director of Music, Andrew Carwood.

St Paul's Cathedral Diamond Choir

The Call of Wisdom

The words of The Call of Wisdom are based on a passage from the Book of Proverbs in the Old Testament of the Bible in which God – who is wisdom itself – talks to his people about the value of wisdom and truth in every aspect of our lives, regardless of who we are and what we do. In the passage, God says that even monarchs can only reign well and effectively if they use God's wisdom as their guiding principle: something which our present Queen has done all her life.

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.

I am here, I am with you.
I have called; do you hear me?

Rulers govern under me with my insight and my wisdom.
Those who love me know my love; those who seek me find their answer.

I am here, I am with you.
I have called; do you hear me?

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.

God the Father, God the Son, Holy Spirit, co-eternal;
Glory be ascribed to you to the end of ages.

Words: Michael Hampel (born 1967)
Music: Will Todd (born 1970)
based on Proverbs 8: 1-17

Will Todd

Will Todd

Will is a British composer and pianist who has worked at the Royal Opera House, The Lincoln Center in New York, London's Barbican and with award winning choirs The Sixteen, BBC Singers and Welsh National Opera. His work has been performed all over the UK and at the Edinburgh Festival and New York Music Theatre Festival, as well as being regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4.

Best known for his choral works, Will's jazz-inspired Mass in Blue has been performed almost 100 times since its 2003 premiere. He won second prize in the International Giuseppe Verdi Opera Competition 2002, and his 2009 Jazz Concerto for Clarinet, written for clarinettist Emma Johnson, has already been performed in the UK, USA and Finland.

2012 projects include a number of exciting premieres - Songs of Peace for choir and jazz trio; Songs of Love – commissioned by Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale; as well as this new anthem, The Call of Wisdom, for the Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Service at St Paul's Cathedral.

www.willtodd.com

Andrew Carwood

Andrew Carwood

Andrew has been Director of Music at St Paul's for five years. His job is to train the choir of boys and men for daily services in the cathedral, special services of national importance like the Diamond Jubilee, recordings, tours and concert appearances.

He has gained a reputation as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation, having had an career as a singer before focusing on conducting and choral direction. He trained as a choral scholar at St John's College, Cambridge, and was a lay clerk at Christ Church, Oxford and Westminster Cathedral, before being Director of Music at the Brompton Oratory in London.