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Westminster Abbey Choir

The Choir of Westminster Abbey is renowned worldwide as one of the finest choirs of its type. The Abbey traces its history back to the foundation, in 960, of a community of Benedictine monks on the present site. King Edward (subsequently canonised as Saint Edward the Confessor) later enlarged and richly endowed the Abbey and built a new church which was dedicated in 1065. It is thought that boys first began to sing in the Abbey’s Lady Chapel during the 1380s, which coincided with the appointments of the first professional choir master and lay adult singers. Over the following centuries the Lady Chapel choir became known as one of the finest in the land, and it was this choir of boys and men that became the Choir for the new Collegiate Church established after the Reformation by Queen Elizabeth I in 1560. Today the Choir consists of some 30 boys (all of whom attend the Abbey’s dedicated residential Choir School in the precincts) and 12 professional adult singers known as Lay Vicars. Since January 2000 the Organist and Master of the Choristers has been James O’Donnell.

At the heart of the Abbey Choir’s life are the daily choral services, which provide a link with the Abbey’s monastic heritage. The Choir also plays an important role in the many royal, state and national occasions which take place in the Abbey. Over the centuries some of England’s most illustrious musical figures have been closely associated with Westminster Abbey, among whom Orlando Gibbons (Organist, 1623-5), Henry Purcell (1680-95), and John Blow (1669-80 and 1695-1708) stand out. The Abbey has been the setting for every coronation but two since 1066, and on these and other significant occasions many important musical works have received their first performance. This tradition continues to the present day: recent commissions include works by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Jonathan Harvey and Francis Grier, and most recently the anthem The King and the Robin by Philip Moore, to a text by Andrew Motion.

In additional to fulfilling its many responsibilities in Westminster, the Choir undertakes an extensive programme of concerts and tours, travelling in recent years to the United States, the Far East, Spain, France, Poland, and Russia. The Choir appears every year at the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music in London and has been invited to participate in other major festivals, including the BBC Proms, the South Bank Centre’s World Voice and Birtwistle Games festivals, the Aarhus International Organ Festival (Denmark), and the opening concert of the Nuremberg International Organ Festival (Germany) in 2004. The Choir broadcasts frequently on national radio and television.

Albums
'Music for Remembrance' (CDA68020)
Music for Remembrance
CDA68020  To be issued soon October 2014 Release  
'A Christmas Caroll from Westminster Abbey' (CDA67716)
A Christmas Caroll from Westminster Abbey
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67716 
'Byrd: The Great Service & other works' (CDA67533)
Byrd: The Great Service & other works
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'Dreamland' (HYP41)
Dreamland
Buy by post £4.50 HYP41  Super-budget price sampler  
'Elgar: Great is the Lord & other works' (CDA67593)
Elgar: Great is the Lord & other works
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'Mary and Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey' (CDA67704)
Mary and Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey
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'Music from the reign of King James I' (CDA67858)
Music from the reign of King James I
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'O praise the Lord' (CDA67792)
O praise the Lord
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'Rejoice, the Lord is king!' (CDA68013)
Rejoice, the Lord is king!
Buy by post £10.50 CDA68013  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'The Feast of Ascension at Westminster Abbey' (CDA67680)
The Feast of Ascension at Westminster Abbey
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'The Feast of Michaelmas at Westminster Abbey' (CDA67643)
The Feast of Michaelmas at Westminster Abbey
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'The Feast of Saint Peter the Apostle at Westminster Abbey' (CDA67770)
The Feast of Saint Peter the Apostle at Westminster Abbey
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'The Feast of St Edward at Westminster Abbey' (CDA67586)
The Feast of St Edward at Westminster Abbey
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'Trinity Sunday at Westminster Abbey' (CDA67557)
Trinity Sunday at Westminster Abbey
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'Tye: Missa Euge bone & Western Wynde Mass' (CDA67928)
Tye: Missa Euge bone & Western Wynde Mass
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
A Christmas Caroll, Op 21 (Leighton)
A Sequence for St Michael (Howells)
Abide with me  First line to Eventide (Monk/Willcocks)
All my hope on God is founded  First line to Michael (Howells)
All people that on earth do dwell  First line to Old Hundredth (Vaughan Williams)
All this time (Walton)
Alleluia. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  First line to The peace that surpasseth understanding (Tavener)
Alleluya, a new work is come on hand  Movement 2 of Ave Rex, Op 45 (Mathias)
Alleluya. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven  First line to Viri Galilaei (Gowers)
Almighty and everlasting God (Gibbons)
And did those feet in ancient time  First line to Jerusalem (Parry/Thalben-Ball)
As I walked down the road at set of sun  First line to The little road to Bethlehem (Head)
Ascendit Deus (Philips)
Ave Maria, Op 2 No 2 (Elgar)
Ave Rex, Op 45 (Mathias)
Ave verum corpus, Op 2 No 1 (Elgar)
Be strong and of a good courage (Tomkins)
Beati quorum via  No 3 of Three Motets, Op 38 (Stanford)
Benedicite  Morning Canticle 3 of Complete Service in B flat, Z230 (Purcell)
Benedictus  Canticle 3 of The Great Service (Byrd)
Benedictus  Morning Canticle 2 from Service in C major, Op 115 (Stanford)
Benedictus  Morning Canticle 2 of Complete Service in B flat, Z230 (Purcell)
Benedictus  Canticle 2 of Te Deum and Benedictus, Op 34 (Elgar)
Blaenwern (Rowlands/O'Donnell)
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel  First line to Benedictus, Canticle 3 of The Great Service (Byrd)
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel  First line to Benedictus, Morning Canticle 2 of Service in C major, Op 115 (Stanford)
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel  First line to Benedictus, Canticle 2 of Te Deum and Benedictus, Op 34 (Elgar)
Blessed by the Lord God of Israel  First line to Benedictus, Morning Canticle 2 of Complete Service in B flat, Z230 (Purcell)
Caelos ascendit hodie  No 2 of Three Motets, Op 38 (Stanford)
Cantate Domino  Alternative Evening Canticle 1 of Complete Service in B flat, Z230 (Purcell)
Chichester Service (Walton)
Christ is made the sure foundation  First line to Westminster Abbey (Purcell/Robinson)
Christ rising (Tye)
Christ rising again from the dead (Byrd)
Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat  First line to Laudes Regiae (Anon)
Civitas sancti tui  Part 2 of Ne irascaris, Domine (Byrd)
Come down, O love divine  First line to Down Ampney (Vaughan Williams)
Complete Service in B flat, Z230 (Purcell)
Creed  Canticle 5 of The Great Service (Byrd)
Crimond (Irvine/Grant/Ross)
Cwm Rhondda (Hughes/O'Donnell)
Dear Lord and Father of mankind  First line to Repton (Parry/Willcocks/Scott)
Der 100. Psalm, SWV36 (Schütz)
Deus misereatur  Alternative Evening Canticle 2 of Complete Service in B flat, Z230 (Purcell)
Domine Jesu Christe  Movement 3 of Requiem, Op 9 (Duruflé)
Dormi, Jesu (Rutter)
Down Ampney (Vaughan Williams)
Drop, drop, slow tears  Strain 1 of Song 46 (Gibbons)
Ecce sacerdos magnus (Elgar)
Evening prayers  No 3 of Three prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Moore)
Evening Service in G minor, Z231 (Purcell)
Eventide (Monk/Willcocks)
Exaudiat te Dominus (White)
Factum est silentium (Dering)
Festival Te Deum in E, Op 32 (Britten)
Give almes of thy goods (Tye)
Give unto the Lord, Op 74 (Elgar)
God is gone up, Op 27 No 2 (Finzi)
God is our hope and strength (Blow)
Gopsal (Handel/Quinney)
Great is the Lord, Op 67 (Elgar)
Great king of gods (Gibbons)
Great Service (Hooper)
Guide me, O thou great redeemer  First line to Cwm Rhondda (Hughes/O'Donnell)
Hanover (Croft/Quinney/Gray)
Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z15 (Purcell)
Hereford (Wesley)
Hodie Christus natus est  No 4 of Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël (Poulenc)
Hosanna to the Son of David (Gibbons)
How are the mighty fallen (Ramsey)
How long shall mine enemies? (Byrd)
I believe in one God  First line to Creed, Canticle 5 of The Great Service (Byrd)
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty  First line to Creed, Canticle 5 of The Great Service (Byrd)
I bind unto myself today  First line to St Patrick's Breastplate (Anon/Stanford)
I heard the voice of Jesus say  First line to Kingsfold (Vaughan Williams/Quinney)
I saw the Lord (Stainer)
I saw three ships (Anon/O'Donnell)
I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord  First line to Psalm 138 'Confitebor tibi' (Ley)
If the Lord himself had not been on our side  First line to Psalm 124 'Nisi quia Dominus' (Crotch)
Immensity cloistered in thy dear womb  First line to Nativity (Lavino)
In dulci iubilo (Anon/Pearsall)
In paradisum  Movement 9 of Requiem, Op 9 (Duruflé)
Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei, Z135 (Purcell)
Jerusalem (Parry/Thalben-Ball)
Joys Seven (Anon/Cleobury)
Jubilate  Morning Canticle 3 from Service in C major, Op 115 (Stanford)
Jubilate  Morning Canticle 4 of Complete Service in B flat, Z230 (Purcell)
Jubilate  Morning Canticle 2 from Morning, Communion and Evening Service in B flat, Op 10 (Stanford)
Jubilate (Walton)
Jubilate in C (Britten)
Justorum animae  No 1 of Three Motets, Op 38 (Stanford)
Kingsfold (Vaughan Williams/Quinney)
Kyrie  Canticle 4 of The Great Service (Byrd)
Kyrie eleison  Communion Canticle 1 of Complete Service in B flat, Z230 (Purcell)
Laudate Dominum (Parry)
Laudes Regiae (Anon)
Let all mortal flesh keep silence  First line to Picardy (Anon/Campbell)
Libera nos, salva nos I (Sheppard)
Lobe den Herren (Anon/O'Donnell)
Lord, have mercy upon us  First line to Kyrie, Canticle 4 of The Great Service (Byrd)
Lord, how long wilt thou be angry?, Z25 (Purcell)
Lord, let thy servant now depart in peace  First line to Nunc dimittis (Tye)
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace  First line to Nunc dimittis, Canticle 2 of Magnificat and Nunc dimittis 'Collegium Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense' (Tippett)
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace  First line to Nunc dimittis, Evening Canticle 2 of Second Service (Sheppard)
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace  First line to Nunc dimittis, Canticle 2 of Great Service (Hooper)
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace  First line to Nunc dimittis, Canticle 7 of The Great Service (Byrd)
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace  First line to Nunc dimittis, Evening Canticle 2 from Service in C major, Op 115 (Stanford)
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace  First line to Nunc dimittis, Evening Canticle 2 of Complete Service in B flat, Z230 (Purcell)
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace  First line to Nunc dimittis, Evening Canticle 2 from Morning, Communion and Evening Service in B flat, Op 10 (Stanford)
Lord, remember David: and all his trouble  First line to Psalm 132 (Crotch)
Lord, thou hast been our refuge 'Psalm 90' (Vaughan Williams)
Love divine, all loves excelling  First line to Blaenwern (Rowlands/O'Donnell)
Love of the Father  First line to Song 22 (Gibbons/Quinney)
Maccabaeus (Handel)
Magnificat  Evening Canticle 1 of Second Service (Sheppard)
Magnificat  Canticle 1 of Great Service (Hooper)
Magnificat  Canticle 6 of The Great Service (Byrd)
Magnificat  Evening Canticle 1 from Service in C major, Op 115 (Stanford)
Magnificat  Canticle 1 of Chichester Service (Walton)
Magnificat  Evening Canticle 1 of Complete Service in B flat, Z230 (Purcell)
Magnificat  Canticle 1 of Evening Service in G minor, Z231 (Purcell)
Magnificat  Evening Canticle 1 from Morning, Communion and Evening Service in B flat, Op 10 (Stanford)
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis 'Collegium Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense' (Tippett)
Mass for five voices (Byrd)
Messe solennelle (Langlais)
Michael (Howells)
Michael, Archangel, of the King of Kings  First line to A Sequence for St Michael (Howells)
Missa brevis (Harvey)
Missa brevis (Walton)
Missa Euge bone (Tye)
Missa Trinitatis Sanctae (Grier)
Morning prayers  No 1 of Three prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Moore)
Morning, Communion and Evening Service in B flat, Op 10 (Stanford)
My soul doth magnify the Lord  First line to Magnificat, Canticle 1 of Magnificat and Nunc dimittis 'Collegium Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense' (Tippett)
My soul doth magnify the Lord  First line to Magnificat, Evening Canticle 1 of Second Service (Sheppard)
My soul doth magnify the Lord  First line to Magnificat, Canticle 1 of Great Service (Hooper)
My soul doth magnify the Lord  First line to Magnificat, Canticle 6 of The Great Service (Byrd)
My soul doth magnify the Lord  First line to Magnificat, Evening Canticle 1 from Service in C major, Op 115 (Stanford)
My soul doth magnify the Lord  First line to Magnificat, Evening Canticle 1 of Complete Service in B flat, Z230 (Purcell)
My soul doth magnify the Lord  First line to Magnificat, Evening Canticle 1 from Morning, Communion and Evening Service in B flat, Op 10 (Stanford)
Nativity (Lavino)
Ne irascaris, Domine (Byrd)
Nicene Creed  Communion Canticle 2 of Complete Service in B flat, Z230 (Purcell)
Nowell, nowell  First line to Sir Christèmas, Movement 4 of Ave Rex, Op 45 (Mathias)
Nunc dimittis  Canticle 2 of Magnificat and Nunc dimittis 'Collegium Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense' (Tippett)
Nunc dimittis  Evening Canticle 2 of Second Service (Sheppard)
Nunc dimittis  Canticle 2 of Great Service (Hooper)
Nunc dimittis  Canticle 7 of The Great Service (Byrd)
Nunc dimittis  Evening Canticle 2 from Service in C major, Op 115 (Stanford)
Nunc dimittis  Canticle 2 of Chichester Service (Walton)
Nunc dimittis  Evening Canticle 2 of Complete Service in B flat, Z230 (Purcell)
Nunc dimittis  Canticle 2 of Evening Service in G minor, Z231 (Purcell)
Nunc dimittis  Evening Canticle 2 from Morning, Communion and Evening Service in B flat, Op 10 (Stanford)
Nunc dimittis (Tye)
O all true faithful hearts (Gibbons)
O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord  First line to Benedicite, Morning Canticle 3 of Complete Service in B flat, Z230 (Purcell)
O balow, balow la lay. The first king was very young  First line to The Three Kings (Dove)
O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands  First line to Jubilate, Morning Canticle 2 from Morning, Communion and Evening Service in B flat, Op 10 (Stanford)
O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands  First line to Jubilate in C (Britten)
O clap your hands (Gibbons)
O clap your hands 'Psalm 47' (Vaughan Williams)
O come, let us sing unto the Lord  First line to Venite, Canticle 1 of The Great Service (Byrd)
O God, early in the morning do I cry unto thee  First line to Morning prayers, No 1 of Three prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Moore)
O God, thou art my God, Z35 (Purcell)
O hearken thou, Op 64 (Elgar)
O Lord God of hosts, Z37 (Purcell)
O Lord God, great is the misery that hath come upon me  First line to Prayers in the time of distress, No 2 of Three prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Moore)
O Lord my God, I thank thee that thou hast brought this day to a close  First line to Evening prayers, No 3 of Three prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Moore)
O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not (Gibbons)
O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth (Byrd)
O Lord, open thou our lips  First line to The Preces (Smith)
O magnum mysterium  No 1 of Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël (Poulenc)
O praise the Lord (Child)
O praise the Lord of heav'n  First line to Psalm 148 'Laudate Dominum' (Stanford)
O praise ye the Lord!  First line to Laudate Dominum (Parry)
O salutaris hostia (Elgar)
O sing unto the Lord a new song (Tomkins)
O thou who camest from above  First line to Hereford (Wesley)
O worship the king  First line to Hanover (Croft/Quinney/Gray)
Old Hundredth (Vaughan Williams)
Omnes gentes, plaudite manibus (Tye)
Os iusti meditabitur (Bruckner)
Out of the deep (Byrd)
Peccavimus cum patribus nostris (Tye)
Picardy (Anon/Campbell)
Pie Jesu  Movement 5 of Requiem, Op 9 (Duruflé)
Plebs angelica (Tippett)
Praise the Lord, ye servants  First line to Psalm 113 (Turner)
Praise, my soul (Goss/Gray)
Praise, my soul, the king of heaven!  First line to Praise, my soul (Goss/Gray)
Prayers in the time of distress  No 2 of Three prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Moore)
Prevent us, O Lord (Byrd)
Psalm 107 'Confitemini Domino' (Bairstow)
Psalm 113 (Turner)
Psalm 115 (Elvey)
Psalm 124 'Nisi quia Dominus' (Crotch)
Psalm 132 (Crotch)
Psalm 138 'Confitebor tibi' (Ley)
Psalm 148 'Laudate Dominum' (Stanford)
Psalm 24 'Domini est terra' (Barnby)
Psalm 54 (Turner)
Psalm 91 'Qui habitat' (Alcock)
Psalm 93 'Dominus regnavit' (Macfarren)
Psalm 99 (Morley)
Quaesumus omnipotens et misericors Deus (Tye)
Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël (Poulenc)
Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, Op 1 (Duruflé)
Queen Alexandra Memorial Ode (Elgar)
Quem vidistis pastores dicite  No 2 of Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël (Poulenc)
Rejoice, the Lord is king!  First line to Gopsal (Handel/Quinney)
Repton (Parry/Willcocks/Scott)
Requiem aeternam  First line to Introït, Movement 1 of Requiem, Op 9 (Duruflé)
Requiem, Op 9 (Duruflé)
Salvator mundi, salva nos (Blow)
Save me, O God, for thy Name's sake  First line to Psalm 54 (Turner)
Second Service (Sheppard)
See, see, the Word is incarnate (Gibbons)
Service in C major, Op 115 (Stanford)
Silent night! Holy night!  First line to Stille Nacht (Grüber/Bowers-Broadbent)
Sing joyfully (Byrd)
Sir Christèmas  Movement 4 of Ave Rex, Op 45 (Mathias)
So many true princesses who have gone  First line to Queen Alexandra Memorial Ode (Elgar)
Song 22 (Gibbons/Quinney)
Song 46 (Gibbons)
St Patrick's Breastplate (Anon/Stanford)
Stille Nacht (Grüber/Bowers-Broadbent)
Take him, earth, for cherishing (Howells)
Tantum ergo  No 4 of Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, Op 1 (Duruflé)
Te Deum  Canticle 2 of The Great Service (Byrd)
Te Deum  Morning Canticle 1 from Service in C major, Op 115 (Stanford)
Te Deum  Morning Canticle 1 of Complete Service in B flat, Z230 (Purcell)
Te Deum  Morning Canticle 1 from Morning, Communion and Evening Service in B flat, Op 10 (Stanford)
Te Deum and Benedictus, Op 34 (Elgar)
Te Deum in C (Britten)
Te Deum in G (Vaughan Williams)
Teach me, O Lord (Byrd)
The Apostles, Op 49 (Elgar)
The Dismissal  Part 3 of The Preces and Responses (Rose)
The earth is the Lord's, and all that therein is  First line to Psalm 24 'Domini est terra' (Barnby)
The first good joy that Mary had  First line to Joys Seven (Anon/Cleobury)
The Great Service (Byrd)
The King and the Robin (Moore)
The little road to Bethlehem (Head)
The Lord be with you  First line to The Responses (Smith/Stone)
The Lord is King and hath put on glorious apparel  First line to Psalm 93 'Dominus regnavit' (Macfarren)
The Lord is King, be the people never so unpatient  First line to Psalm 99 (Morley)
The Lord's my shepherd  First line to Crimond (Irvine/Grant/Ross)
The peace that surpasseth understanding (Tavener)
The Preces (Smith)
The Preces (Tomkins)
The Preces and Responses (Leighton)
The Preces and Responses (Radcliffe)
The Preces and Responses (Rose)
The Responses (Smith/Stone)
The Responses (Tomkins/Farmer)
The Shepherd's Carol (Chilcott)
The Spirit of the Lord  Prologue of The Apostles, Op 49 (Elgar)
The Three Kings (Dove)
The Twelve (Walton)
Then David mourned (Tomkins)
There is no rose of such virtue  Movement 3 of Ave Rex, Op 45 (Mathias)
They are at rest (Elgar)
Thine be the glory  First line to Maccabaeus (Handel)
Three Motets, Op 38 (Stanford)
Three prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Moore)
Tota pulchra es  No 2 of Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, Op 1 (Duruflé)
Tu es Petrus  No 3 of Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, Op 1 (Duruflé)
Tu es Petrus a 6 (Palestrina)
Ubi caritas et amor  No 1 of Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, Op 1 (Duruflé)
Venite  Canticle 1 of The Great Service (Byrd)
Venite (Blow)
Videntes stellam  No 3 of Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël (Poulenc)
Videte miraculum (Tallis)
Viri Galilaei (Gowers)
Vox Patris caelestis (Mundy)
We praise thee, O God  First line to Te Deum, Canticle 2 of The Great Service (Byrd)
We praise thee, O God  First line to Festival Te Deum in E, Op 32 (Britten)
We praise thee, O God  First line to Te Deum, Morning Canticle 1 from Morning, Communion and Evening Service in B flat, Op 10 (Stanford)
We stood on the hills, Lady  First line to The Shepherd's Carol (Chilcott)
Western Wynde Mass (Tye)
Westminster Abbey (Purcell/Robinson)
Westminster Service (Howells)
What sweeter musick can we bring?  First line to A Christmas Caroll, Op 21 (Leighton)
When David heard (Tomkins)
Who goes there, brushing through the dark drenched Spring?  First line to The King and the Robin (Moore)
Whoso dwelleth under the defence of the most High  First line to Psalm 91 'Qui habitat' (Alcock)
Without arms or charm of culture  First line to The Twelve (Walton)
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