Britten: Saint Nicolas – review

Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Andrew Kennedy (tenor), Britten Sinfonia/Cleobury
(King's College, Cambridge)

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Benjamin Britten, whose anniversary celebrations reach their climax this weekend, had long associations with King's College, Cambridge through his friendship with the novelist EM Forster and, too, with a sequence of music directors of the college's celebrated choir – the current incumbent Stephen Cleobury's predecessors Philip Ledger, Sir David Willococks and Boris Ord. The choir honours that association with a fresh, beautifully clean and perfectly enunciated account of the cantata Saint Nicolas – patron saint of children and mariners. Andrew Kennedy sings the title role, written for Britten's partner Peter Pears. Also included are Rejoice in the Lamb and the ever popular Hymn to St Cecilia – the patron saint of music whose feast day happens to fall on the same day as Britten's birthday.


Fiona Maddocks

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