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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: MARTIN GOETZE The organ builder was a ‘supreme craftsman’ and ‘a man of great integrity’.

OBITUARY: DAVID WILLCOCKS His influence transformed choral training and singing in the UK and far beyond.

TALLIS & SCHÜTZ Significant Christmas works by both composers were written during politically charged times.

ORGELMAKERIJ REIL Historical instruments inspire – but don’t confine – the organs of this Dutch builder and his latest creation in Bodegraven.

COVER STORY: BENT SØRENSEN The Danish composer whose music has ‘an emotional honesty’ made his choral mark by combining his music with Ockeghem. COVER PHOTOGRAPH © LARS SKAANING 2013

COMPOSING FOR ORGAN The first C&O workshop with Judith Weir and Thomas Trotter raised questions of notation, registration, compass, structure and dynamics.

HANDEL & CO. What company did the composer keep?

DALLAS Juget-Sinclair’s new organ for the Church of Christ the King has ‘the ring of both genuine article and modern expression’.

ON COURSE Global directory of choral conducting, church music and organ courses.

JOHN SCOTT The organist-choirmaster is remembered.

HOUSTON For 25 years, Houston Chamber Choir has invigorated musical life in the city.

SUFFOLK ORGANS: 6 The work of organ builder George Green.


News | C&O Calendar 2016 | Graeme Kay goes Freestyle | Jeremy Filsell is Stateside | Readers’ offers | Recital round-up

NEW MUSIC William Cole’s Plorans ploravit for unaccompanied voices.

RAISING STANDARDS David Hill on three Bruckner motets.

COMPETITION REPORT The London International A Cappella Choir Competition.

TUTORIAL Sightreading is the subject of David Goode’s last in the series.

STUDIO NOTES A CD for Linn Records pays tribute to John Tavener and his family.

REVIEWS Rheinberger’s sacred choral music is ‘worth investigating’, Kuhnau on Silbermann organs, Bossi on Tactus, Stephen Cleobury at King’s Cambridge, contemporary organ works from Blackburn, Parry from Westminster Abbey, Christmas CDs, Gary Davison choral works, Voces8 sing Marcello, a new Grigny edition, and choral leaflets.

PLATFORM An organ concerto inspired by an Edgar Allan Poe poem.

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