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Two compelling points of interest – a first recording of Judith Bingham’s The Everlasting Crown, and an opportunity to hear the results of the recent refurbishment of the mighty and majestic Harrison & Harrison organ in St Albans Cathedral – make this a simply unmissable proposition. Stephen Farr repeats his 2011 Proms debut of a six-part meditation on the qualities of kingship with an involved reading that adroitly interrogates Bingham’s multi-faceted and intricately designed studies to characterful effect. It’s a fine performance of a very fine piece certain to gain traction in the contemporary organ repertoire. Bingham’s introduction and Andrew Stewart’s erudite notes are icing and cherry on a rich and appetising cake.

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