Hugh Benham’s Sacred Choral Music (CR050)

Review by Clare Stevens, Choir & Organ

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Hymns, a Mass setting, an evening service, motets and anthems and some short organ pieces are included in this showcase for the sacred music of Hugh Benham, well-served by a small professional choir, organist Malcolm Archer and the lovely acoustics of St Alban the Martyr, Birmingham. As one would expect from a distinguished musicologist who has written on Tudor church music, harmony and counterpoint, the music is beautifully crafted, with particularly strong echoes of Bairstow, Francis Jackson, Howells and Poulenc. A setting of ‘Ubi caritas’ in both English and Latin was the highlight for me, but all the works on the disc deserve to be discovered by parish choirs or choral societies.

Clare Stevens, Choir & Organ, March 2020

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