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Retaining its glowing English romantic voicings, the organ of St Barnabas, Ealing – an 1851 Gerard Smith rebuilt by Hill & Son in 1877 and again in 2011 by Nicholson & Co. – is also pleasingly dexterous and nimble enough to accommodate a wide repertoire. Evidence of such comes in this collection of original pieces and arrangements by Paul Ayres (who also plays with persuasive aplomb). The six Variations on ‘Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen’ and Fantasy-Sonata ‘Over the Rainbow’ are both delightful discoveries, and Mostly Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor huge fun. A set of Beatles arrangements make rich use of the organ’s multi-faceted arsenal to often bewitching effect. Excellent notes, too, by Ayres.

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