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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 new Taylor & Boody organ for Grace Church, New York City. Photo by Robbie Lawson

SILENT FILM: The 2014 AGO convention reflects the renaissance of accompanying silent film.

NEW COLLEGE, OXFORD: Edward Higginbottom looks back on nearly 40 years as director of music.

MONTREAL: The story behind the dancing pipes of Montreal Symphony Hall’s Casavant organ.

WODE PSALTER: One determined man in 16th-century Scotland preserved musical treasures from the cataclysm of the Reformation.

MEMORIAL ORGANS: Musical ways of remembering those who suffered in the Great War.

COMMISSIONING: Tried and tested classics may be a safer bet; but if we stop commissioning new works, the repertoire will ossify.

FESTIVALS: Supplement of festivals featuring organ and choral music, and a behind-the-scenes account of singing in a festival chorus. (cover photograph Edinburgh Festival Chorus / Eoin Carey

GALLERY: A new organ by Taylor & Boody for a historic landmark in New York City proved the challenge of a career.

ECHO FESTIVALS: Organs by Cavaillé-Coll and the local Puget dynasty vie for prominence in the city of Toulouse, south-west France.

ST LOUIS CHAMBER CHORUS: The adventurous US choir is committed to exploring music off the beaten track. 

ON TOUR: China has much to attract choirs seeking to travel somewhere out of the ordinary. 

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The Royal Festival Hall organ is back up and running, and what a triumph were the two weeks of concerts, exhibitions and lectures in March that trumpeted its return. With renewed clarity of sound, and with recitalists in turn demonstrating just how convincing this instrument can be in a plethora of musical styles, the 1954 Harrison & Harrison shone night after night to packed houses, and to a listening world courtesy of BBC Radio 3’s residency, forming with performers and interviewees an eloquent alliance of advocates for the instrument and its repertoire – for two weeks at least, the organ came in from the cold…

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