November/December issue out now!
3 November 2015
Choir & Organ speaks to Danish composer Bent Sørensen who made his choral mark by combining his music with 500-year-old works by Ockeghem; tributes to John Scott, the great organist and choirmaster; Juget-Sinclair’s new organ brings a twist of Gallic colour to a Dallas church; and, as many choirs are gearing up for an annual performance of Messiah, a new exhibition sheds light on the composer’s friends. Plus, discover the flair of Orgelmakerij Reil as we visit their latest instrument in Bodegraven; how Houston Chamber Choir has invigorated musical life in the city for 25 years; Rebecca Tavener surveys the trying circumstances surrounding the composition of major Christmas works by Tallis and Schütz; conductor David Hill suggests ways of catching the essence of prayer in Bruckner motets; report from our composing for organ workshop with Judith Weir and Thomas Trotter; obituaries for Martin Goetze and Sir David Willcocks; and our global directory of choral conducting, church music and organ courses.
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Trailblazing organ builder Peter Collins dies
26 October 2015
Peter Collins's last organ, for the 2015 St Albans International Organ FestivalStephen Boffey
British organ builder Peter Collins died on 24 October, after a short illness.
Collins established his own organ building firm in 1964, and over a period of 50 years brought an individual – and sometimes maverick – approach to his craft, pushing boundaries and sometimes courting controversy.
As an apprentice, Collins trained first with Bishops (London) and then Rieger (Austria) in the early days of the Orgelbewegung, the impact of which encouraged him to build neo-Classical instruments with mechanical action. From initial box and chamber organs, Collins developed and expanded his business in the UK – notably for St David's Hall, Cardiff, and St Peter Mancroft, Norwich – and abroad, with an organ for Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia; in the late 1990s, he collaborated with Allen Organs in building a hybrid instrument for Trönö Church in Sweden, a move which generated much criticism in the organ building world but which Collins continued to defend. A new mechanical action instrument for the 2015 St Albans International Organ Festival – Collins had already built the Festival's own Silbermann-inspired organ in 1989 – was to prove his last opus.
tribute to Peter Collins's life and work will be published in the
January/February 2016 issue of Choir & Organ; his family are planning a Memorial Concert and wish to raise money for the LOROS Hospice and Cancer Research. www.petercollinsltd.com
Winners of 'A Carol for Christmas' 2015 announced
24 November 2015
Jo Nicholls, Toby Hession, Benedict Heneghan and Clive Smith have been named the winners of the 2015 'A Carol for Christmas' competition.
Organ recital: Michael Wynne
20 November 2015
Organ masterclass: Stephen Cleobury
20 November 2015