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English Hymns 4 - Worth the Strange Looks,
This review is from: The English Hymn 4 - All Things Bright and Beautiful (Hymns For Children) (Audio CD)
Despite receiving strange looks from my husband, I played the above at full volume to get the benefit of the beautiful orchestration and vocals.
I wouldn't have put myself down as a huge fan of choral works, so it's either a sign of getting old or just that I have such fond memories of singing hymns at school [which, incidentally, I probably thought I hated at the time]; but I felt the hairs rise on the back of my neck as I listened to songs I haven't heard for 30 years, such as He Who Would Valiant Be and When a Knight Won His Spurs.
I felt quite sad listening to this CD and realising that due to current education policy, my own children will never become familiar with hymns like these, which are often poetic and moving even if you don't have any strong religious affiliations.
I would recommend it not just to those who enjoy choir music [which admittedly wouldn't include a single one of my friends] but also to anyone over the age of 40 who hasn't sung a hymn for years but fancies a trip down memory lane to their old school assemblies.