RECORDINGS

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THIS DAY
BLOSSOM STREET

Andrew MacGregor

Record Review, Radio 3

There are so many beauties to be discovered here  … A fine way to celebrate of century of female suffrage.  Worth the wait – it’s a really good recording as well.

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THE BIG PICTURE
BRISTOL CHORAL SOCIETY

Choir and Organ

The Bristol Choirs give a beautifully sustained performance ★★★★

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DOWN BY THE SEA
BLOSSOM STREET

Norman Lebrecht

Sinfini Music, July 2013

 

Album of the Week 22 July and Choral Album of the Year.  At the risk of prejudicing any latecomers and with 2013 barely half gone, I declare this release to be my choral album of the year. I’d be stupefied if anything stronger comes long. Wrap your ears around Judith Bingham’s 'The Orphan Girl' and marvel at her ingenious harmonies. John Duggan’s 'Over the Moon' puts you right there: into the blue beyond. Hilary Campbell’s setting of 'Blow the Wind Southerly' drags the old ditty two generations away from Ferrier’s hand-crafted, perilous simplicities to an era of faceless industrial fishing. ... Terrific stuff. ★★★★★

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 A SHORT WHILE FOR DREAMING 
BLOSSOM STREET

Terry Blain

BBC Music magazine

 

Seven premiere recordings here, in a programme offering a genuine expansion in our understanding of Warlock. The Full Heart, in eight parts, is particularly striking. Gorgeous sound; highly engaging, dedicated performances. ★★★★

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SLEEP, HOLY BABE
BLOSSOM STREET

David Mellor
The Mail on Sunday


Campbell, who contributes an attractive carol of her own, Sleep My Dreaming One, has chosen music that is reflective rather than extrovert, tonal but never facile, and with real spiritual depth. I love it. ★★★★★