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A Composer’s Christmas | Will Todd

A Composer’s Christmas | Will Todd


A Todd Christmas is very busy because my
youngest daughter’s birthday is on Christmas Eve,
so there is this mad rush to have an amazing Christmas Eve with a party and
then as soon as that’s all cleared away we change into Christmas mode. We do our sort of
church thing and then a lunch thing, at home, generally and then we visit family
in the day because they’re close enough to do that, so that’s nice.
I like that. We get to play Monopoly as well. It’s the only day of the year that
I play Monopoly, which I loved playing as a kid. I think when I’m writing for
Christmas, I try and have a little feeling about what it’s like for me at
Christmas. So, I try and recapture some feeling about Christmas. There was a
church in Durham, where I grew up and nearby was a farm and at Midnight Mass,
after we’d finished Midnight Mass, we actually used to go and bless the
cattle. So there used to be this little moment where we all went across and sang
a carol in a byre and it was, you know, it was very, very magical. So, I try
and think about things that I remember about Christmas to kind of capture that
magic.

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