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Homerton was given its Royal Charter in 2010, and a choir was formed to celebrate the occasion, attracting a piece – Homerton – by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies to a text by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. It’s not one of the premiere recordings here, but there are first versions of work by John Hopkins, Greta Tomlins and Ken Naylor, as well as further celebratory pieces by Trocmé-Latter himself, which – alongside familiar material by Byrd, Purcell, Samuel Wesley and Stanford – give a strong impression of Homerton’s commitment not just to progressivism but to the English tradition as well. Recorded in Selwyn’s chapel for want of more simpatico acoustics, the recording is expertly engineered, and with a very light hand, by Myles Eastwood, who gets individual detail and full-choir energy in ideal balance.

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