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This overview of the choral music of Jonathan Willcocks contains two major choral works set for mixed chorus, soloists and orchestra. The Song of Mary has contrasted sacred texts, and In Praise of Singing sets Longfellow, Whitman and verses taken from a group of Psalms. The most interesting piece is a poignant setting of Walt Whitman’s That Music Always Round Me, which is sensitively orchestrated. The programme ends with seven miscellaneous choral pieces centred round Christmas, and it is here that the composer excels. Lively and entertaining, this group of strophic settings would be easy for any choir to pick up. The choir and orchestra enter into the spirit with glee.

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