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Recorded last year in celebration of Judith Bingham’s 60th birthday, this exemplary disc from Wells Cathedral Choir, under their organist and master of choristers Matthew Owens, offers a perfect conspectus of Bingham’s choral output over the last decade. While a versatile all-rounder, Bingham’s period as a professional singer early in her career (she was a member of the BBC Singers for 15 years) has fostered an understandable attraction to choral music as a composer. This CD from Wells includes the Wells Service (2010) as well as other independent choral pieces intended for liturgical use, among which is Corpus Christi Carol, written for inclusion in The Choirbook for the Queen. Most are premiere recordings. All the pieces show Bingham’s responsiveness to text, her expressive use of harmony and innate gift for melody. She has been handsomely served by the Wells forces and by Hyperion. A fine recording, with excellent supporting documentation. Highly recommended.

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