Brecon Cathedral Choir - Mainly 19th Century

Thursday 1st June 1995
Brecon Cathedral Choir - Mainly 19th Century

STYLE: Choral
RATING 4 4 4 4
LABEL: Sain 374

Reviewed by Simon Carpenter

This recording will find an honoured place in the Gedge family heirlooms, for Dad Gedge (David) is the choirmaster, Mum (Hazel) Is the organist and their son (Nicholas) is the guest bass soloist. Presumably the other members of the choir will treasure copies as well, but quite how many others will is another question. Brecon might be called a cathedral choir, but St Paul's they are not. Singing at just three services a week they have more in common with an enthusiastic parish church set up and their singing is a bit rough in places. On top of all that, the choice of music is not one to inspire the uncommitted to shell out some hard earned cash on, even though Goss and SS Wesley are two of the featured composers. Having said that, it has to be said that the organ playing of Hazel Davies gets the best out of the music - perhaps she received the anointing during her time at Holy Trinity Bromptonf!) - and Nicholas Gedge in the one track he sings on shows himself to be a gifted soloist. Enterprising for such a small local choir, but still not an album to recommend.

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