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Choral Evensong from Tewkesbury Abbey

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For thirty-two years the Abbey School Choir sang daily evensong in Tewkesbury Abbey. Capturing one of their final services, this recording offers a treasurable memento of a uniquely English Office, complete with lessons and prayers. Reborn as Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, the choir was immediately signed by Delphian, and thus this is both a swansong and a recording debut.

"Sung with real passion and conviction [Valiant for Truth] is, for me, the highlight of the disc. From time to time the organ pedal is apt to boom...but this does not detract from the splendid and generally well-balanced sound of the choir and the carefully chosen programme"

"I've been consistently impressed by the work of Benjamin Nicholas and his Tewkesbury singers on the Delphian label...the recorded sound is never short on detail thanks not least to the full-blooded singing of Tewkesbury's boy choristers and smart engineering. The choir's men are on top form too…compelling energy. Terrific choral listening."

"This is a splendid recreation of the timeless service of Evensong in one of this country’s very finest non-Cathedral churches - and, frankly a church that puts several cathedrals in the shade. The music is beautifully performed by a well-trained and committed choir."

"This is a magnificent disc and I recommend it unreservedly."

Producer: Paul Baxter
Recording venue: Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire
Recording dates: 26 June & 5 July 2006
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 16
Catalogue No: DCD34019
Total playing time: 1:14:37

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