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This CD includes first recordings of music by Philip Moore, Richard Shephard, Francis Grier, James Cave and Judith Bingham – her very effective and imaginative a cappella York Evening Service – alongside works such as Edward Bairstow’s I sat down under his shadow and Francis Jackson’s Evening Service in G that have travelled far beyond the city’s walls. Intimate contemplative works such as the three Bairstow introits that open the disc and Richard Lloyd’s The Call are lovingly shaped, but the choir also relishes the expansive scale of Jackson’s Audi, filia and Moore’s The Spacious Firmament. Both boy and girl choristers are credited with the expressive treble solos, and the cathedral’s Songmen are in excellent voice, both as soloists and collectively.

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