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Sumsion’s near 60-year connection with Gloucester Cathedral brought him in contact with the very men and music which can be seen to epitomise everything we consider ‘British’ in 20th-century music. Sumsion’s own idiom bridges the divide between Edwardian tastes and the pastoral/modal style of Vaughan Williams. It is therefore only natural to hear Sumsion’s original compositions alongside his well-crafted arrangements of four VW pieces. The two Elgar/Brewer arrangements do not necessarily fit the title but naturally complement. Cook displays a good affinity for this quintessentially ‘Anglican’ music.

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