This tribute to Sir John Manduell, on his eightieth birthday, has a much wider appeal than to just those who have been associated with him in his many roles. For twenty-five years he was programme director of the Cheltenham Festival, and while at Lancaster University, the Royal Northern College of Music and the BBC he became known as an educator, administrator and composer. The works presented on this disc are all associated with Manduell, crowned by his own 'Rondo for Nine'. Substantial scores by Mátyás Seiber, Lennox Berkeley, Peter Crossley-Holland and Gordon Crosse fill gaps in those composers' recorded output, and give the programme a special interest. The title of the disc is taken from Lennox Berkeley's eloquent and atmospheric 'Antiphon', on its own account sufficient enough reason to cherish this milestone collection.