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This may be the choir’s first commercial recording, but it’s been well worth the wait. Noted for its performance of Anglican repertoire, this extremely well-trained group presents an unusual and interesting repertoire featuring 20th-century American composers Ned Rorem, Leo Sowerby, Moses Hogan, Louie L. White and Joseph Goodman; there are also commissions from Sasha Johnson Manning and director of music William Aitken. Combined with Stanford, Leighton, Weelkes, Baynon, Victoria and Widor, it is enough to whet any appetite.

The lesser-known items include Sasha Johnson Manning’s A wonder of angels set descriptively to her own text, Louie White’s effective a cappella Saint Teresa’s bookmark, and Joseph Goodman’s haunting When rooks fly homeward. Many of the pieces are unaccompanied and the singers never falter: attention to detail is outstanding and the ending of the phrases is perfect – St Peter’s is fortunate to have in William Aitken an exceptional choir director and composer. Mention must also be made of the church’s two Mander organs. Although only used here to accompany the repertoire, the grand organ spoke with a mighty and melodious voice in the Widor; it has a character all its own. I was left with only one word – wow!

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