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Beautiful choral music from emerging composer
on 21 May 2013
The choral music of the young English composer Philip Stopford, now based in N Ireland, is attractive and very approachable. This collection includes several pieces commissioned by Truro Cathedral choir, where Stopford spent time as its Organ Scholar. Truro has wonderful acoustics and a splendid Father Willis organ. It also has a quite superb cathedral choir and an inspirational Director of Music in Christopher Grey.
Most people's favourite may be the title track,but the highlight for me is the wonderful unaccompanied setting of the Evening Canticles, commissioned by the choir for a BBC Choral Evensong broadcast in 2012. Beautifully sung and atmospherically recorded, this disc was an unexpected pleasure.