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It was Sir Henry Wood who nicknamed The George public house, close to the old Queen’s Hall and BBC Broadcasting House, ‘that bloody Gluepot’, when one day he was irritated by the late return of his orchestral players. This watering hole was for decades a popular venue among professional musicians, composers, writers and BBC producers: as composer Elisabeth Lutyens remarked in her autobiography, ‘if a bomb dropped on The George, a large proportion of the musical and literary world would be destroyed.’ With great imagination, Andrew Griffiths has seized on The George as a connecting thread to draw together a fascinating CD of music that is as diverse as the mix of composers who met and drank there. At one end of the spectrum we have conservative figures such as Bax and Ireland, while at the other the more progressive Lutyens. The Londinium Chamber Choir are a non-professional group; under Griffiths they are a force to be reckoned with, with even tone, impeccable intonation and a lively, yet nicely rounded, sound.

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