Choir of Clare College's heavenly disc

Classic FM's Jane Jones rejoices in the Choir of Clare College Cambridge's consoling collection of old and new spiritual songs

Composer:  Various
Repertoire: 'Light of the Spirit'
Artists:  The Choir of Clare College Cambridge/Timothy Brown
Rating:   3/5 
Genre:  Vocal
Label:  Collegium CSACD 902

Still spiritually bereft in the Noughties? Here’s music’s answer for those in search of peace, neatly packaged with informed sleeve notes and texts. Chants and melodies from the earliest composers to the spirituals of the Black American south all reach out to console and inspire. Don’t let the traditional links between music and formal religion put you off experiencing the moving and uplifting qualities of these beautifully sung choral classics – it works!  

The Choir of St John's College Cambridge