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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 List

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. 

News | Graeme Kay goes Freestyle | Charles Miller is Stateside | Readers’ offers | Recital round-up
NEW MUSIC: Come, Holy Spirit by Ben Rowarth.
RAISING STANDARDS: David Hill gives advice on conducting C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat.
STUDIO NOTES: Philip Barnes discovers rewarding repertoire in preparing a CD of US choral works for Regent Records.
REVIEWS: An ‘exemplary’ C.P.E. Bach Magnificat, the Royal Festival Hall Organ Gala launch concert, Passiontide at Merton plus Delphian’s recording of the new Dobson organ, Titelouze on a 1630 French organ, the Rieger in Regensburg Dom, a new edition of the Mozart Requiem on Linn, CDs of Górecki’s and Kilar’s choral works, new vocal works for the Sonux Ensemble, Harrison Birtwistle’s Moth Requiem, MacMillan’s new organ Suite, Penderecki’s choral music from Schott, and the story of Hereford Choral Society.
CASE STUDY: The Joseph Gabler organ in Weingarten Klosterkirche.

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