Terry Blain
BBC Music Magazine
December 2019

Where recordings are concerned, the Choir of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle has often been overshadowed by London's cathedral choirs and the leading college choirs of Oxford and Cambridge. But two recent royal weddings have put St George's firmly in the spotlight, and this new disc shows its all-male choir is a force to be reckoned with. A slice of atmospheric plainchant and an articulately shaped account of Byrd's 'Vigilate' start the programme, but it springs to life in a confidently rhythmic yet unforced rendition of Alan Hoddinott's 'Saviour of the World'. A settled musicality also distinguishes John Gardner's 'Tomorrow shall be my dancing day'—a piece often dashed through incoherently, but here nuanced and intelligently structured. Alto Tom Lilburn is the eloquent soloist in Gibbons's 'This is the record of John', and a moving interpretation of Michael Finnissy's 'Telling' highlights the choir's warmly-blended tone and impeccably balanced parts. Conductor James Vivian deserves major credit for his preparation of the singers, whose dedication and artistry make this a deeply satisfying recital.