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Commemorating the start of the first world war in 1914, this Evensong repertoire contextualises composers of that time: Parry (the voluntary being the substantial ‘Wanderer’ Toccata & Fugue) and Ivor Gurney (a meandering Prelude on ‘Longford’, and the anthem Since I believe in God the Father) and the Psalm chant. It is more the choice of psalms (22 and 23, sung with some melodrama) and hymns that resonate with the theme of war, though. Some fine canticles, which nod to the language of Howells, are by Neil Cox (b.1955); the responses are by previous director of music John Sanders. Choir and organist are full of energy and well recorded. An opportunity to present more repertoire of the period has been missed though.

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