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It is very satisfying when new generations of singers encounter and fall in love with the classics of the choral repertoire; and it is evident that Max Kenworthy has enabled his students at The Leys school to do just that. There are many moments of shimmering beauty in their programme, sometimes enhanced by the fragile quality of the teenage voices, as in mesmerising performances of Stanford’s The Blue Bird and Charles Wood’s Oculi omnium. The range of dynamic contrast from such a small choir (ten students and two adult staffmembers) is extraordinary, as is the depth of expression in works such as Walton’s Set me as a seal and Parry’s My soul, there is a country. A cornucopia of old favourites is spiced with one or two less familiar pieces, including lovely settings of The birds by Richard Shephard, and I wandered lonely as a cloud by Rebecca Dale; the latter was premiered by the choir in 2019.

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