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Contemporary(ish) anthems referencing stars proved to be a rewarding theme for a 40th-anniversary programme by the Vasari Singers. Most of the selected composers are British, and it is good to hear new interpretations of works such as Jonathan Dove’s Seek him that maketh the seven stars, Philip Stopford’s Ave Maria (a particular highlight), Gabriel Jackson’s Creator of the stars of night, Judith Weir’s Like to the falling of a star and Bob Chilcott’s Salisbury Motets; pieces by Ešenvalds, Dubra and Whitacre also sneak in. The very experienced but amateur chamber choir is at its best in the smaller-scale music; there is sometimes a sense of strain in the solos and when the singers are divided into multiple parts or pitted against the weightier stops of the organ of Tonbridge School Chapel. But most of the performances are beautifully shaped, tuning is exemplary and some of the unaccompanied singing is exquisite. There is much to enjoy on this celebratory disc.

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