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It scarcely seems possible that Birmingham-based chamber choir Ex Cathedra and their founder-director Jeffrey Skidmore entered their fifth decade of performing together in 2009. The group’s repertoire has always been wide, but everything that marks out Ex Cathedra as one of the UK’s leading vocal ensembles can be heard on this memorable two-disc set of music by Alec Roth: even tone, perfect intonation, clarity of diction, but above all whole-hearted commitment to the material in hand. Skidmore offers authoritative readings of four of Roth’s choral pieces, several of which were composed for Ex Cathedra. An excellent follow-up to Signum’s earlier disc of Roth’s Songs in Time of War. Warmly recommended.

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