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Bob Chilcott is one of a line of very good songwriters – Rutter is another – who can produce a melody that has instant appeal combined with a sympathetic understanding of the text whether accompanied or a cappella. In this varied compilation there are six world premiere recordings which include A Little Jazz Mass reworked for mixed choir, the more unusual settings of I Share Creation about the environment, and the witty Aesop’s Fables. When ‘classical’ (for want of a better word) composers turn their skill to jazz it can be restrained, but this one does it for me with the help of the Will Todd Trio and the multi-talented, award-winning Wellensian Consort. It’s a very enjoyable disc.

SHIRLEY RATCLIFFE Read the full review on Agora Classica


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