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By contrast, the cockles of one’s devotional heart are well warmed by the honestly affectionate debut disc from The Queen’s Six, Lay Clerks of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, recorded in those acoustics with an exquisitely judged balance of space and intimacy. Music of the Realm, a programme of Elizabethan music by the usual suspects – Tallis, Byrd, Morley, Weelkes, gibbons et al – radiates respect. Delicious tone, smooth blend, mutual understanding and engagement delight, with a texture topped by a darkly caramel-toned counter-tenor.

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