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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

New Music

New Music is a series of specially commissioned pieces for choir or organ written by some of the most talented young composers around.

In every issue of Choir & Organ magazine, you’ll find a profile of the composer providing an insight into the new work. Here on the New Music web page you’ll find the score in PDF format ready to download to your printer.

Scores are licensed for six months’ free use – you can print as many copies as you want – before the copyright reverts to the composer. After that date, copies must be ordered from the composer.

New Music brings cutting-edge yet approachable scores direct to your desktop. We hope that you’ll be inspired to perform them as widely as possible. Why not download the latest score now?

Following a successful partnership in 2013, we are very happy to join forces again in 2015 with the BBC Singers as our New Music partners. The choral commissions will arise from composition workshops to be held by the Singers during the year; the organ compositions include a bespoke organ commission (Edward Nesbit’s Winter Journey) and the winning entry from the Choir & Organ Composition Competition 2015, held in partnership with St Albans International Organ Festival (IOF). The Competition winning entry will be premiered during the IOF and will receive its London premiere in January 2016 (date tbc) at a special concert by the BBC Singers, during which the world premieres of the four choral works and additional organ piece will be given.

Accompanying the online publication of the choral works will be mp3s of each piece, performed by the BBC Singers, together with tips and notes on conducting them.

Maggie Hamilton
Editor - Choir & Organ

The BBC Singers

BBC Singers

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In their 90th anniversary season, the BBC Singers hold a unique position in British musical life, with an unrivalled expertise in performing the best of contemporary music and creative relationships with many of the foremost conductors and composers of our times. Based at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios, the BBC Singers also give regular concerts (many of them free) in London and across the UK, and appear regularly at major festivals in Europe and beyond.
www.bbc.co.uk/singers

C&O January/February 2015

Edward Nesbit: Winter Journey
Edward Nesbit explains the structure of Winter Journey



C&O November/December 2014

Seán Doherty: A Nywe Werk (winning entry in the Choir & Organ Composition Competition 2014).

NB change of date: the premiere will take place at 8 pm on 4 December in Merton College Chapel.

Seán Doherty: A Nywe Werk
Structure of A Nywe Werke



C&O September/October 2014

Gareth Wilson: Prologue
Gareth Wilson explains the structure of Prologue



C&O July/August 2014

DCCL:750 Full score
DCCL:750 Trumpet in B flat
The structure of DCCL:750



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