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Leeds makes a strong case for Somervell

Roderic Dunnett lauds a widely neglected work from 1914

A Christus sung by 30 girls

Charles Stewart hears MacMillan's St Luke Passion in Amsterdam

Explorations in musical Brazil

Roderic Dunnett hears the fruits of research in an unfamiliar field

Complex vocal music, sung with panache

Garry Humphrey shears old and new works mastered

Recalling the years of adversity

YORKSHIRE suffered countless casualties in the First World War. When the crucial bastion of the German defences on the Somme, Fricourt, fell in July 1916, the East and West Yorkshires and Green Howards bore the brunt of the attack.

Angels and altos bright and fair

Theodora, recently heard at the Town Hall, Birmingham, and the Barbican, in London, performed by the English Concert, conducted by Harry Bicket, is the only English oratorio - if you exclude the hybrid Old and New Testament Messiah - that dwells on an exclusively Christian story, taken from the early centuries of the Roman Empire.

Maxwell Davies builds a ‘church’

Maxwell Davies builds a ‘church’

Roderic Dunnett hears a new symphony

Gems from Russian worship

Garry Humphreys on music by composers well known and not

Old and new delights

Roderic Dunnett hears classic recordings on CD - and some that may be classics of the future

Operatic talent, rare repertoire

Roderic Dunnett on a touring group's move into sacred music

Reimagining the Holy Grail in Parsifal

Richard Lawrence on a production that offers a new angle on Wagner's work

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