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One has to applaud a group whose mission is to perform works written within the last 25 years, commission new choral works and mentor emerg- ing singers, composers and conductors. That said, it’s a great pity that the group’s first, short CD doesn’t quite work. The pieces (by Hayes Biggs, Jonathan David, Karen Siegel, Huang Ruo, Toby Twining and Ted Hearne) lack individuality and the programme is only good in patches. The singers don’t help the cause as the voices don’t blend well and the interpretations lack subtlety, although some of the soloists shine. One problem is that some of the works lack a logical construction. The most interesting pieces are two explorations in sound: Huang Ruo’s Without Words and Toby Twining’s Hee-oo-oom-ha.

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