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The Leicestershire Chorale is primarily a youth group giving young people an opportunity to perform choral repertoire and has established a successful scholarship scheme. This agreeable sacred repertoire divides into three periods: the 16th to 17th and 18th to 19th centuries, and works by Wood, Stanford, Ruth Almgill (the choir’s associate composer) and Leighton; there is also a lucid performance of no.7 of Langlais’s Huit pièces modales given by organist David Cowen. Multiple part-singing holds no fears for these singers, who give clarity to the contrapuntal lines while maintaining well-balanced phrasing and excellent diction, performing all the works in their original language. A little more intensity would aid the interpretation of some of the music, although the choir ends with a rousing performance of Leighton’s Let all the world in every corner sing.

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