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Quire has been active in southern East Anglia for more than a decade and works in a variety of genres, hiving offtwo small ad hoc groups for more intimate repertoire. The programme here is divided into sections – ‘Voice of the People’, ‘British Tradition’, ‘Visitors to Quire’ and ‘Rock and Soul’ – of which only the last doesn’t quite work. Rocking out pop themes or the atmospheric jazz of Billie Holiday’s signature Strange Fruit is a risky strategy for an amateur choir, and the programme would have ended more successfully with the Bosnian/Croatian/English material in ‘Visitors’. Tamblyn gets a lovely balance of voices, though, and the boldness of selection mostly works. The small groups shine, which is good news, since a separate CD, to be called Angel Band, is imminent or may already be out.

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