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What a pity they didn’t throw in some Ethel Smyth (or Hilda Tablet), just for the laugh, but even as it is, this is a fairly broad and even-handed representation of British women composers since 1918. Judith Weir, Elizabeth Maconchy and Nicola Lefanu, Cecilia McDowall, Rebecca Clarke, Imogen Holst and Roxanna Panufnik are all present and sung beautifully, though the single most attractive piece is Stef Conner’s arrangement of Hildegard von Bingen’s text O splendidissima gemma. The recording is nicely unhurried and atmospheric, showing again what a good space for voices is St John the Evangelist in Upper Norwood.

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