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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

JUDITH WEIR – The new Master of the Queen’s Music talks about composing for choirs, texts that inspire, and reaching new audiences. 

TANUNDA – An 1877 Hill organ in South Australia – once played by Lemare and Dupré – has regained its earlier tonal and visual colours after a 13-year restoration.

KING’S COMMISSION – Nine months of preparation lie behind the moment when Stephen Cleobury raises his hand to conduct the new work in the  Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

WW1 AND THE ORGAN WORLD – In what ways did the Great War have an impact on organists and composers on both sides of the divide?

CHORAL SYMPOSIUM – The triennial IFCM event gives a taste of the rich diversity of choirs in different parts of the world.

MAYNOOTH – A Stahlhuth organ in a theological seminary in Ireland has been revived by Fratelli Ruffatti.

SIDNEY SUSSEX – Early music is at the forefront of Chapel life at this Cambridge college, aided by a new meantone organ by Taylor & Boody.

KENNETH TICKELL – A photographic celebration of the work of the British organ builder.

YALE RUSSIAN CHORUS – What prompted a group of US students to sing Russian music in the frosty political climate of the McCarthy era?

BAVARIA – Christmas markets in Germany offer new seasonal opportunities for choirs.

REGULARS  

News | Letters | Calendar 2015 | Graeme Kay goes Freestyle | Readers’ offers | Jeremy Filsell is Stateside | Recital round-up

NEW MUSIC – Seán Doherty’s A Nywe Werk, the winning entry in the Choir & Organ Composition Competition 2014.

RAISING STANDARDS – David Hill on Howells’s Collegium Regale.

TUTORIAL – David Goode starts his new series on organ technique with registration.

REPORTS – The Northern Ireland International Organ Competition; and the annual convention of abcd.

STUDIO NOTES – The 1694 organ in Auch Cathedral is ideal for a new CD of French baroque music.

REVIEWS – Gabriel Jackson’s Airplane Cantata with the BBC Singers, Wim van Beek at the Martinikerk, two versions of Dupré’s Symphonie-Passion, a Fauré Requiem from King’s, music for remembrance, Christmas CDs, hymn settings and pedalling for organists, Martin’s Mass, and The Haarlem Essays.

CASE STUDY – The organ in Chartres Cathedral dates from the 15th century.


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