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A former Swingle Singer, Ben Parry is today one of the most experienced choral conductors, composers and arrangers in the business. His vast hinterland of practical experience means he knows exactly what works on voices as well as what choirs enjoy singing. This CD offers no fewer than 23 of his original compositions or arrangements. Whether sacred or secular pieces, Parry’s close attention to text serves him well and he always locates an apt musical response. His tonal language is easy on the ear, though some might find it a little overly sweet from time to time; the vocal writing, however, is never less than impeccably well-crafted (try his arrangement of ‘Early One Morning’). Rupert Gough and the Royal Holloway Choir evidently revel in this CD of miniatures, which is perhaps best served by listening to four or five at a time.

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