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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

OBITUARY: KENNETH TICKELL – One of Britain’s most successful modern-day pipe organ builders, who died unexpectedly in July.

SHAKESPEARE IN SONG – How the Bard of Avon’s words have inspired composers over the centuries, plus recommended choral settings.

DUTCH CHURCH – The mechanical action 1954 Van Leeuwen organ has been restored by Flentrop – with Neidhardt temperament.

HANDEL AND HAYDN – For 200 years, the H&H Society has been in the forefront of Boston’s musical life. Now, with Harry Christophers at the helm, it is entering its third century with vigour.

JENNIFER BATE – What made her an international star, and what is she doing to nurture the young organists of today?

SCHOLARSHIPS & VOICE TRIALS – Opportunities for young organists and singers to develop their skills further in cathedrals, churches, schools and colleges.

VOCES8 – The a cappella ensemble is equally committed to outreach and performing. 

GALLERY – After 150 years, Orgelbau Kuhn has an impressive catalogue of new and restored instruments – and shows no sign of flagging. COVER PHOTOGRAPH © ORGELBAU KUHN AG, CH-MÄNNEDORF

BBC SINGERS COMMISSIONS – Through performances and commissions, the professional group has championed new choral music for 90 years.

BUILDING SOCIETY – Finding the perfect solutions for four churches in Yorkshire needing organs.

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

NEW MUSIC – Gareth Wilson’s anthem Prologue, for SATB choir and organ, sets the tone for a new academic year.

RAISING STANDARDS – David Hill completes his survey of Edward Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius.

AGO CONVENTION – Highlights of the biennial US event.

STUDIO NOTES – David Skinner leaks a few secrets from The Spy’s Choirbook, recorded by Alamire for Obsidian.

REVIEWS – ‘Exceptional’ Brahms from Dresden; 5-star reviews of Leighton’s organ works, C.P.E. Bach in Berlin, Malcolm Williamson from Bristol and Messiaen in NYC; music by Benevoli, Fasch and Mendelssohn, Warlock on Naxos, Conspirare’s CD of Robert Kyr, Michael Haydn’s little-known Kampf, Jordi Savall conducts Charpentier; Latry on DVD; and new editions of Handel, Monteverdi and Zelenka.

CASE STUDY – The 1988/9 Klais organ for Nuremberg’s Frauenkirche.

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