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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.


The Neoclassical Organ and the Great Aristide Cavaillé-Coll Organ of Saint-Sulpice, Paris

Contents List

OBITUARY: JOHN SCOTT

The celebrated organist and music director was at the height of his powers. 

SPITALFIELDS
Behind the scenes of the 1735 Richard Bridge organ at Christ Church, restored to its former glory by William Drake Ltd. (COVER PHOTOGRAPH © S.R.B. HUMPHREYS)

JOHN RUTTER
Meet the polymath whose choral music is sung and loved worldwide – but this is only one aspect of his life and work.

THREE CHOIRS FESTIVAL
Luminescent Mathias, and how the organ had a close shave with extinction.

AALBORG
The new Marcussen organ for the Danish city’s House of Music has a bold design mirroring the state-of-the-art architecture.

BRAZILIAN CHORAL MUSIC
Not just Villa-Lobos! The South American country has a canon of repertoire that is well worth choirs exploring.

SUPPLEMENT: SCHOLARSHIPS & VOICE TRIALS
Cathedrals, churches, colleges and schools for choristers, choral scholars and organists.

ORGAN COMPETITIONS
Visits to Alkmaar and St Albans reveal that the world of young organists is thriving.

PHILHARMONIA VOICES
Introducing the musical chameleons who can ‘change style on a sixpence’.

SUFFOLK ORGANS: 5 
How did a Bishop & Son organ win the argument with a congregation opposed to instruments?

NIDAROS CATHEDRAL 
Head to Norway for a bird’s-eye view of liturgical music in Trondheim. 

REGULARS
News | Graeme Kay goes Freestyle | Readers’ offers | Jeremy Filsell is Stateside | Recital round-up
NEW MUSIC : Ben Comeau’s Theme and Variations for solo organ.
RAISING STANDARDS: David Hill on Mozart’s Solemn Vespers.
TUTORIAL: David Goode offers a beginner’s guide to improvisation.
STUDIO NOTES: The Choir of Royal Holloway records works by René Clausen and Stephen Paulus for a new CD for Hyperion.
REVIEWS: ‘Vital energy’ in Dvorák’s Requiem, organ music for Louis XIV, Sietze de Vries on Hamburg’s Katharinenkirche organ, Guilmant organ sonatas, choral music from Brazil and the Arctic Circle, MacMillan’s St Luke Passion, Priory’s five-star Coventry DVD, a ‘visually stunning’ DVD of Handel, organ music by Callahan and Muhly, Christmas music from Oxford, Helmut Rilling on Messiah, and a harmonium handbook.
PLATFORM: James McVinnie with Bedroom Community at the RFH.

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