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- SONUS SUCCEEDS
The 2013 Choir & Organ Composition Competition, in partnership with St Albans International Organ Festival, has been won by David J. Loxley-Blount with his organ work Sonus Repercussus.
- EVENT OF THE MONTH: June
There is still time to catch a rising star in the organ world at the John Hill Memorial Series held on Tuesday lunchtimes at St Lawrence Jewry, London EC2. This is the eighth season of recitals in memory of John Hill, and each has given plenty of scope for talent-spotting.
- Choir fees row cited in Llandaff Dean resignation
The shock resignation of the first woman Dean of Llandaff, the Rev Janet Henderson, after only two months in post, has been accompanied by an official wall of silence regarding the reasons.
- Royal rededication
HM The Queen and HRH Prince Philip attended a service of Choral Evensong at the Temple Church to mark the rededication of the organ, following a two-year, £750,000 programme of restoration by Harrison & Harrison of Durham.
- Choral diversity at the Proms
This year’s BBC Proms season kicks off on 12 July with a performance of Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under its new conductor, Sakari Oramo
Contents for Choir & Organ
Gerard Brooks plays the organ of St-Denis on the new DVD about Cavaillé-Coll. Photo Fugue State Films
OBITUARY: Eric Ericson – Sweden’s choral maestro influenced generations of choir directors.
OBITUARY: Marie-Claire Alain – The renowned French organist, editor, and inspirational teacher.
CONTRACT BRIDGE – The importance of thorough research before approaching a builder.
LOÏC MALLIÉ – The French improviser talks about form, faith, and following in Messiaen’s footsteps.
CITY CHAMBER CHOIR – The champions of new and rarely heard music celebrate their 25th anniversary with a composer-in-residence scheme.
ON TOUR – A tour company and local people help Hereford Cathedral Voluntary Choir bring English music to Nuremberg audiences.
GALLERY – Newcastle’s refurbished Pugin cathedral is enhanced by the addition of a new Tickell organ that reflects the warmth of its surroundings.
CHORUS LINES – The benefits of choirs in the workplace.
FESTIVALS SUPPLEMENT: Wherever you are, there’s one near you – don’t miss the opportunity to catch some amazing music this year!
FUGUE STATE FILMS – The young recording company that is making a speciality of filming organs has just released a magnum opus on the work of Cavaillé-Coll.
FROM THE ARCHIVE – The origins of the Leith Hill Music Festival, and Stephen Bicknell’s take on mixtures.
JOHN WELLINGHAM – He has lost none of his vision or vigour: the octogenarian who co-founded the John Loosemore Centre for Early Music continues to inspire his organ students.
KENNETH LEIGHTON – His music was at times characterised by a lyricism and intense emotion, at others by energetic rhythms and counterpoint – Britain’s distinguished post-war composer.