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Ireland’s two decades as organist and choirmaster at St Luke’s, Chelsea, from 1904 to 1926, during which time he also established himself among the front rank of English composers, yielded much church music in the Anglican tradition, including anthems, services, canticles and hymn tunes. Among the latter is the affecting My song is love unknown, probably Ireland’s most well-known composition and sung all over the world. It forms the title track of this disc – the first in a series of Ireland’s church music – and receives a committed performance here from Prentice and his Lincoln choir. Elsewhere in their substantial programme, which includes the Te Deum in F, the Communion Service in C, the Evening Service in C and the Service in F, the Lincoln Cathedral Choir is occasionally overstretched with less than perfect intonation and even raw tone.

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