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Think artisan bran-tub rather than mass-produced lollipops and you’ll have the measure of this hugely entertaining collection of showpieces. With eclecticism to the fore, Bowyer’s familiarity with Glasgow University’s Willis organ pays enormous dividends in the chiaroscuro contrasts of Marco Lo Muscio’s In Memoriam of Messiaen, the seaside buoyancy of I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts and Paul Fisher’s delightfully zany, Monty Python-inspired The Naughty Boy. There’s much fun to be had here, with Bowyer in gleefully virtuosic mood (Ernest Bucalossi’s The Grasshoppers’ Dance described with a buzzing blend of reeds and mixtures), ably aided by a full-bodied recording.

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