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March/April 2014 on sale from 24 February

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

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. 

REGULARS 
News | Graeme Kay goes Freestyle | Readers’ offers | Jeremy Filsell is Stateside | Recital round-up   
NEW MUSIC Concert pianist Stephen Hough’s organ prelude Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, written for the Orgelbüchlein Project.  
RAISING STANDARDS David Hill leads the way through DvoRák’s beautiful and moving setting of the Stabat Mater.   
REVIEWS The Academy of Ancient Music gives a ‘faultless and impassioned’ reading of Bach’s St John Passion, Mattias Wager plays 1930s French music in Stockholm, the Grenzing organ in St Petersburg Palace, Daryl Robinson’s debut solo CD, Passion music from Clare College, Cambridge, Conspirare capture the ‘sacred spirit of Russia’, an ‘exemplary’ Mahler 2 on Linn, Desenclos’s Requiem on Delphian, Priory captures two cathedral organs on Blu-ray, John Eliot Gardiner’s book on Bach, and organ pedals in European culture.
CASE STUDY The Hill organ that occupies a whole wall of the Guildhall, Derry-Londonderry.

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