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This collection of Birmingham Cathedral’s favourite anthems for the church’s year starts in the 15th century and finishes in the 20th, the varied repertoire cleverly chosen to display to great advantage the men’s, boys and girls voices – and an excellent job they make of it: rarely have I enjoyed a trip through the centuries so much, especially as everyone sounds as if they are having a wonderful time. One performance stood out marginally above the others: Bairstow’s The Lamentation, three memorably moving chants for the Anglican Church for use as a canticle at Matins during Lent. After 31 years at the helm, director Marcus Huxley is retiring. This excellent recording is a fine testament to all the wonderful work he has accomplished over these years. He will be a hard act to follow.

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