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A York Yuletide showcases the Minster Choir, with David Pipe at the organ, in fine form under their director Robert Sharpe. It maintains the high standards of their splendid An Ebor Epiphany disc, with the trebles sounding warm and direct. The choir possesses excellent diction and a clean sound, and the recording offers a well-balanced aural picture, though the solo voices, for example in Howells’s A spotless Rose, sound too prominent. The programme is not too obviously popular in taste – Howells, Stephen Jackson, Skempton, Walton – but we do get Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols and a riotous account of Richard Sheppard’s new arrangement of Jingle Bells.

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