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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

The Monteverdi Choir at 50 (photo Anima Mundi Festival)

OBITUARY: WILLIAM DRAKE The Devon-based organ builder who was ‘a craftsman of the highest ability’.

FUNDING THE ARTS How can we counter increasing austerity measures to ensure the arts don’t suffer? 

C.P.E. BACH It’s the stuff that dreams are made of: the discovery of a Passion setting more than 200 years after it was written. 

GALLERY When Dobson Pipe Organ Company designed a new organ for Merton College, Oxford, they took note of both the Gothic and Victorian elements in the Chapel and created an instrument for today in a case that is sympathetic to its surroundings. 

MONTEVERDI CHOIR Bach? Mozart? Beethoven? No: it was Monteverdi that most inspired Sir John Eliot Gardiner and led him 50 years ago to name his new choir after the composer of the 1610 Vespers. 

ECHO FESTIVALS We head off to the warmer climes of north Italy, for a celebration of Venice’s most important organ builder. 

ST LUKE PASSION James MacMillan has already set the St John Passion – does he have anything new to say this time around?  

SUMMER SCHOOLS AND SHORT COURSES Plenty of ideas to keep minds and bodies busy throughout the year, plus a novice tries out an RCO organ course.  

BUILDING SOCIETY Three churches with similar problems prove that the answer can be found in location, location, location.  

RFH ORGAN FESTIVALThe dust sheets are off, the pipes are voiced, and stars of the organ world are lining up to 
showcase the restored instrument in the Royal Festival Hall. (COVER PHOTOGRAPH NICK ROCHOWSKI)

STUDIO NOTES Our new series of interesting repertoire about to appear on disc is launched with the little-known but hauntingly beautiful Requiem by Alfred Desenclos, recorded by the Choir of King’s College London. 

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So the axe finally fell at Llandaff. Just five days before Christmas – one of the busiest times of year for cathedrals – five lay clerks, one choral scholar and the assistant organist were made redundant. 

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