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Philip Rushforth’s latest recording from Chester Cathedral links the music of Percy Whitlock (1903- 46) with that of the latter’s ‘musical father’, Charles Hylton Stewart (1884-1932), under whom Whitlock served for 20 years as both chorister and assistant organist of Rochester Cathedral (which Stewart eventually left to go to Chester!). The deep, baritonal tone colours of Chester’s IV/72 Hill/Rushworth instrument provide an ideal palette for Whitlock’s long and taxing Sonata in C minor. The organ’s tuba, mixtures, solo reeds and flutes are heard to commanding effect in Whitlock’s Six Hymn Preludes and Hylton Stewart’s Five Short and Easy Pieces, dedicated to Whitlock – all Englishness personified.

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