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The liner notes for this CD include a wonderful image of Vaughan Williams sitting in one churchwardens’ pew, George Thalben-Ball in another and Herbert Howells finding a seat at the side ‘where he could listen and watch, but not be readily seen’ for concerts at St Michael’s Cornhill, where their Royal College of Music contemporary Harold Darke was organist from 1916-66. Only two people have succeeded Darke, and this programme, conducted by the current incumbent, celebrates the church’s tradition by including works by the younger composers of today whom he is nurturing – including Gareth Treseder, a tenor in the choir – as well as by Darke, Vaughan Williams and Bax (an idiosyncratic Magnificat). Rhiannon Randle’s other-worldly Memoria is the stand-out track for me.

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