Caroline Crampton is assistant editor of the New Statesman.
Being a chorister is hard work, and their commitment to their music tends to give them a startlingly mature outlook on certain aspects of life.
The celebrated English composer has died at the age of 69. While he was better-known for pieces like Song for Athene and The Lamb, listening to his 2003 work The Veil of the Temple is the best way to appreciate his genius.
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