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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 James Taylor Quartet have a new take on the Mass for Rochester Cathedral Choir

BOB CHILCOTT – In great demand around the world as both a composer and a conductor, the former King’s Singer shows no signs of slowing down.

THAXTED – In its 200-year lifetime, alterations to this Lincoln organ have not always been for the better; Goetze & Gwnn have restored its pre-Victorian state.

RICHARD III – Britain was stunned when the body of a 15th-century king turned up in a Leicester car park; Judith Bingham’s music will accompany him to his final resting-place.

ORGELBAU GOLL – Two new organs by the Swiss firm, for the Zurich Conservatoire and for a church in Wildegg, maximise space and materials.

NCCGB – The National Children’s Choir of Great Britain runs residential courses to provide a positive and fun singing environment.

SUMMER SCHOOLS & SHORT COURSES – Whether you’re an organist, a choral conductor, or a singer, take a look at how you can learn new skills and repertoire.

ECHO FESTIVALS – The restored Steinmeyer organ in Nidaros Cathedral is not the only show-stopper among Trondheim’s historic instruments.

JAZZ MASS – Take one jazz musician, one cathedral director of music, and one enthusiastic Dean, and what do you get? The Rochester Mass, by James Taylor.

SUFFOLK ORGANS: 2 – The villages of Sotherton and Uggeshall house secret treasures in a pair of Victorian Bevington organs. 

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It’s not so long ago that in parts of Britain singing in a choir was regarded by many as, well, a little bit odd – it was definitely not a mainstream activity. Certainly the English, with the exception of on the football pitch, have tended to be rather embarrassed about singing, mumbling through hymns at weddings and funerals, and seemingly nursing a Hoffnung-inspired caricature of choirs peopled by warbling blue-rinse women and show-off men – all very entertaining, but by no means to be taken seriously, and certainly not what any self-respecting, let alone young person would wish to associate with.

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