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This CD is a pleasing and intriguing mix of the old and the new, with regard to all aspects of the recording. It marks the debut on disc of St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, the main choir of the University of St Andrews in Scotland; the choir is joined by one of the longest-standing string quartets in the world, the Fitzwilliam, which brings its period- instrument expertise to works by composers associated with the Chapel Royal in London. Finally, it’s the first release on the new Sanctiandree label, launched to showcase performing groups associated with the university.

Most noteworthy is an anthem by William Jackson (1730–1803), the youngest composer represented. ‘Hear me, O God’, despite Jackson’s relatively early dates and his study in London during Handel’s heyday, shows strong Classical flavours. Overall, the repertoire comprises both choral favourites (Purcell’s ‘Bell’ anthem, Blow’s Salvator mundi) and plenty that is more unfamiliar, interspersed with organ works performed by director Tom Wilkinson. The young choir has a light, agile sound, well-suited to this music; the Fitzwilliams provide their customary nuanced and rich playing; and Wilkinson is a sure hand on the tiller.

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