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


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Contents for Choir & Organ

The restored HIll organ in South Australia. Photo John Maidment

SIR ANDREW DAVIS – From an early age, the music of Elgar has made a huge impact on the conductor, leading him to champion it in sometimes unlikely places.

GALLERY – Birmingham University is the proud owner of the first Garnier organ in the UK. How does it measure up to expectations?

MAGDALEN COLLEGE – The Oxford college whose musical tradition survived the Reformation and Civil War – and continues to flourish.

FINEDON – The restoration of a Northamptonshire church organ has revealed a surprising connection to royalty.

VIEWPOINT – The new chair of the Association of British Choral Directors plots a course.

INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORY OF DIGITAL ORGAN BUILDERS – Thinking of going digital, or not sure if it’s the right move? Let our guide help you to make the best decision for your venue.

ECHO FESTIVALS – The organs may be old, but the Fribourg festival has found ways to attract young people to the instrument.

ARVO PÄRT – Explore the choral music of the Estonian composer in his 80th year.

SUFFOLK ORGANS: 1 – The new series opens with a ‘little masterpiece’ of a Willis in Stowmarket. 

QUIRE – World music proves to be just the ticket for a community choir in Essex. 

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To the uninitiated, conducting can seem like a bit of a soft option. What do these conductors actually do to earn their money? After all, it’s the players and singers who are doing all the work, and as Sir Thomas Beecham notoriously said, as long as the performers start together and finish together, no one gives a damn what goes on in between.

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