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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?

In 2014, our New Music partner is Merton College, Oxford. The Choir of Merton College will give the premieres of our three choral commissions and the winning entry in the Choir & Organ 2014 Composition Competition. All four choral pieces will be included in the Merton Choirbook, being compiled to celebrate the College's 750th anniversary in 2014. The two organ compositions will be premiered on the new Dobson organ in the College Chapel.

Download the full-length feature about music at Merton College, Oxford, including the dates of the 2014 New Music premieres. Download now.

Maggie Hamilton
Editor - Choir & Organ

The Choir of Merton College

The Choir of Merton College is one of Oxford's leading mixed-voice choirs. The 30 singers are undergraduate and postgraduate students at Oxford University and study a range of subjects. The choir's principal focus is the sung services in the 13th-century chapel at Merton College, which in addition to concert tours and recordings, makes for a busy schedule. Recent tours include France (2009, 2010 and 2011) and in the USA (2011), as well as giving numerous concerts in the UK.

Benjamin Nicholas

Benjamin Nicholas is the Reed Rubin Organist and Director of Music of Merton College, Oxford. He has conducted the College Choir on tours to the USA and France, on BBC Radio 3 and on recordings for Delphian. From 2000 until 2012 he directed the choir of men and boys at Tewkesbury Abbey and was largely responsible for the founding of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum when the Abbey School closed in 2006. In 2011 he succeeded Andrew Carwood as Director of the Schola Cantorum at the Edington Festival of Music and in 2013 became Festival Director.
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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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