Album: Various composers, The Spirit of Christmas – Le Brocq, (Mark & Flynn)

Reviewed by Anna Picard
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Opera singer Mark Le Brocq is joined by his treble son Flynn in this charming disc of seasonal songs arranged for chamber ensemble by Harvey Brough.

There's a touch of the Von Trapps in the shyly arpeggiated guitar accompaniment to "Silent Night", while Brough's string quartet scoring of the Appalachian carol "I wonder as I wander" features the sharp, glancing figures of American minimalism. Ten per cent of sales go to Headway North Cumbria, the brain injury association. Sweet music for a good cause.

Pick of the album: Brough's Neapolitan arrangement of 'Mille cherubini in coro'