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This is the first commercial release by these two Pembroke College Choirs under the skilful direction of their music director, Anna Lapwood. The choice of music partly derives from Lapwood’s decision in 2018 to include at least one work by a female composer in every Pembroke Chapel service. That decision – revolutionary in its effect – has expanded the choirs’ repertoire, which they showcase on this wholly gorgeous CD. With works by Beach, Beamish, Dove, Imogen Holst, Poston, Tavener and others, including the conductor herself, Anna Lapwood draws from her youthful forces well-judged readings that are characterised by evenness of tone and genuine beauty of sound. It’s an auspicious debut disc that will win them many friends.

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