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 PASSIONJames 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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CASE STUDY The Hill organ that occupies a whole wall of the Guildhall, Derry-Londonderry.