Full of rhythmic vitality and mercurial impetus, Let All the World in Every Corner Sing, is in my opinion one of the very finest of Kenneth Leighton's anthems. As in much of Leighton's work it is the 'augmented 4th' or 'Tritone' which is exploited here, in the most extroverted and unreserved manner. The dance-like organ accompaniment is indicative of his skill as an organ composer and the choral lines of writing display a mastery of counterpoint. The final strain of 'My God and King' cascades and reverberates like a carillon call and is the very best and fitting ending to the celebration which is Christ's resurrection. Perhaps not as 'organic' as some of his choral writing but it is certainly the most exuberant.
George Richford - (Chatham, United Kingdom)
Whenever I hear or play the music of Ken Leighton, I feel a surge of warmth inside me. The sheer power of the Lydian fourth which Leighton uses with exquisite delicacy is executed perfectly in this, one of the most rousing of all Leighton's choral music. It encapsulates the essence of God's glory through the sweeping phrase lengths which seem to ascend effortlessly to heaven.
Psalm78 - (Canterbury)