Londinium 'on fine form' in Gluepot Connection - Cathedral Magazine

“I confess to not having a clue what the title of this disc meant until I started reading the notes inside! The George public house, adjacent to the old Queen’s Hall in Great Portland Street, was apparently a popular destination for many professional musicians, so much so that they were often late for rehearsals! Sir Henry Wood was frequently heard to complain about ‘that bloody Gluepot’, and the nickname has stuck. Amongst the musical elite gathering there in the middle of the last century were many, if not all, of the composers represented on this disc. Much of the music was new to me and therefore this debut album by Londinium, which I am sure is the first of many to come, was particularly interesting. Founded in 2005, one of the choir’s commitments is to perform music which may be seen as ‘unjustly neglected or rarely performed, particularly music from the 20th century’, and Londinium gives us here a real insight into an era of British music-making which is not often explored. Recorded in All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, the choir is on fine form in tackling some challenging music which most definitely deserves greater exposure. I suspect that the two pieces by Arnold Bax are the most well known, but the pieces which particularly stand out for me are those by Delius and Lutyens. Nevertheless, all the music would be very useful additions to a good choir’s repertoire. This is an excellent first disc both for the quality of the singing and the ‘unjustly neglected’ repertoire it has revealed.”

Nicholas Kerrison, Cathedral Magazine (November 2018)

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