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Choir & Organ is the leading independent magazine for all professionals and amateurs in the choral and organ worlds – whether you are an organist, choral director or singer, organ builder, keen listener, or work in publishing or the record industry, Choir & Organ is a must-read wherever you live and work.

Every two months our expert contributors bring you beautifully illustrated features on newly built and restored organs, insights into the lives and views of leading organists, choral directors and composers, profiles of pioneering and well-established choirs, and topical coverage of new research, festivals and exhibitions. In keeping with our commitment to music at the cutting edge, we commission a new work from a young composer in every issue, making the score freely available for download and performance.

Our international news and previews, with breaking stories, key awards and forthcoming premieres, combine with reviews of the latest CDs, DVDs and sheet music, and listings of recitals, festivals and courses, to keep you up to date with events and developments around the world.


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Contents for Choir & Organ


Commemorating WW1: working party of the Manchester Regiment moving up to the trenches near Serre in France, January 1917. Photo: Imperial War Museum IWM Q 1792

ROGER WRIGHT: The outgoing Proms director wants to attract new audiences for classical music.

GALLERY: A Spanish cathedral’s new organ blends the creative genius of Jean Guillou and the technical proficiency of Orgelbau Klais.

LUKASZEWSKI REQUIEM: The Polish composer’s latest choral work brings solace to those who mourn.

JAPAN ‘Two organs, both alike in dignity…’ but distinctive in character: Rikkyo University’s new Tickell English organ, and French-influenced Fisk. COVER PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY RIKKYO UNIVERSITY

BELFAST: Music in the two cathedrals is helping to build bridges in Ulster’s former hotspot.

INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORY OF PIPE ORGAN BUILDERS: There’s one near you: organ builders around the world, introduced by Ian Bell’s assessment of the state of the trade after the ups and downs of recent years.

WW1 MUSIC: Letters home from the Front give personal insights into the musical diet of 1914.

COMMEMORATING WW1: Commissioned works, exhibitions, plays, ballets, concerts – Britain reflects on the outbreak of hostilities in myriad ways.

EDINGTON PRIORY: The medieval church turned to Harrison & Harrison for a new organ to support liturgical music and serve a major festival. 

FRENCH ORGAN MUSIC: A student researches some of the considerations in performing French organ music on English instruments.

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Editorial

The maverick young teacher in Alan Bennett’s play The History Boys says of the first world war, ‘There’s no better way of forgetting something than by commemorating it.’ This opinion may be controversial, even cynical – though we all have recent memories of our politicians solemnly laying wreaths at the Cenotaph while at the same time leading our country into yet another war. We Brits are good at ceremony; but how can we move beyond the safety of smart-suited, well-choreographed formal events and be touched instead by the gross obscenity of ‘the war to end all wars’, which killed an estimated 15-17 million combatants and civilians of so many nationalities?

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