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It is a brave venture to take cathedral music out of its normal setting into the market place, namely the shopping centre in Leeds’s Victoria Quarter, which opens it up to a different type of audience. In a long and varied programme, the reverberant acoustics of the Victoria Quarter work very well for the singers when performing fortissimo but are not quite so kind in the quieter passages; however, the recording is clear with no background noise. The setting doesn’t benefit the atmosphere and breathless pauses that Arvo Pärt creates in his Magnificat, but there is an engaging performance of MacMillan’s O Radiant Dawn that stays in the mind. Only some of the music benefits from the venue; but well done, Simon Lindley and the St Peter’s Singers, for such an enterprising initiative.

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