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This disc is mainly devoted to the music of Vaughan Williams. Opening with the highly chromatic and restless A Vision of Aeroplanes, the choir bring a fearless attack to the work. Included is his Mass in G minor which displays the confident soloists from within the choir’s ranks; the top line of the full choir in this work is inclined to dominate here. Howells’s introspective The House of the Mind for voices and organ is performed effectively, as is Holst’s Sing me the Men, where the male voices shine. Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir under Paul Spicer is a fearless group of young singers, although a little more variety of expression would have been welcome.

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