The Silver Swan is a disc of songs by two lesser known contemporaneous English composers, Eric Thiman (1900-1975) and Michael Head (1900-1976), Emily Gray (mezzo-soprano) and Nicole Johnson (piano) do a great service in bringing their songs to our attention. Both composers taught at the Royal Academy of Music, as well as having extensive careers as examiners and adjudicators at festivals. There are a few Christmas works from both composers, including Head’s more well-known Little Road to Bethlehem, and an effectively simple setting of In the Bleak Midwinter from Thiman. Amongst the other songs on offer here, highlights from Head include the nostalgic Sweet Chance, and the passionate Nocturne, Johnson particularly impressive with its challenging piano part. From Thiman, The Silver Swan setting is strong, as are Sleeping and Song of Farewell, both full of lyrical expression and subtlety of setting. Gray’s command of the range required here is impressive, and her pure light tone can be contrasted with power at the extremes of the register when required.