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“Credit   must   be   given   to   the   Guilsfield   Choir’s   enterprising   Music   Director   Gerry Howe   who   oversaw   the   necessary   editing   of   (mainly)   the   non   string   parts   from the    original1878    score,held    along    with    the    Stainer    Archive    by    Durham University” “And   a   staggeringly   impressive   cantata   Howe’s   conducting   revealed   Jarius    to be,he charachterises it, without hyperbole, as “a neglected little masterpiece of English Church Music”; but it is, in fact, as this uplifting perfermance revealed, a weighty and striking setting of the biblical narrative, with some well-imagined supplementing of the story. The chorus contributed to this uplift; choir passages were   robust   and   engaging,   sung   with   complete   assurance   and   feel   for   the idiom.” “The soprano Sarah Garrett’s contribution to the narrative was enchanting” “   A   lovely   tenor   solo,   “My   hope   is   in   the   Everlasting”   beautifully   crafted   and alluringly sung by Christopher Barnes” “The soprano and tenor duet “Love Divine all loves excelling” lauding Christian perfection, is the most exquisite piece of music here, setting with utter freshness the celebrated hymn of Charles Wesley; operatic in charachter, its word painting eclipses the better known hymn tune that Stainer composed for these words “” So, this was a huge success, enriched by the well prepared Maldwyn Strings (and    some    exciting    wind    and    brass);    full    of    spirit    and    vitality,    as    well    a tenderness,and    from    the    choir,and    ingenuity    from    the    conductor    and    the soloists.     Startlinglyrewarding     The     Daughter     of     Jarius      deserves     to     be championed    by    more    than    a    handful    of    England’s    more    articulate    choral societies