This double-disc set includes a generous selection of George Arthur’s choral music, ranging from his settings of the liturgy in Missa Brevis and Friday Service (a Magnificat and Nunc dimittis) to Three Christmas Carols and the multi-movement Speciosa. Rupert Gough and the choir of Royal Holloway give excellent performances; the dynamic range and vocal blend of this ensemble is impressive and the diction clear. The Gloria from Missa Brevis bounces along with great energy, while Ave Maris Stella and One in Christ are hauntingly beautiful. Ave Maria is sung with a good sense of pacing, Gough clearly relishing the fine acoustic of St Alban the Martyr, Birmingham. Speciosa was composed for upper voices and harp as a companion piece to Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. Cecily Beer’s sensitive harp accompaniments give this piece an ethereal quality; the solo harp movement adds its own sparkle to a delightful recording.