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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.


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

Latest News

Sanctiandree label releases second album

30 October 2015

The University of St Andrews is to release a second album of choral music on its Sanctiandree record label.

Ca’ the Yowes: A Traditional Tapestry features the St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, directed by university organist Tom Wilkinson.

The disc will feature performances of traditional songs from Scotland, Ireland and England including 'The Skye Boat Song', 'The Turtle Dove', 'Loch Lomond' and 'Auld Lang Syne', as well as a performance of 'The Land of the Mountain and the Flood' by Hamish MacCunn on the 1923 Harrison and Harrison concert organ at the Caird Hall in Dundee.

Wilkinson said of the release: 'St Salvator’s Chapel Choir represents a centuries-old tradition in a profoundly international cultural setting. In this context, the performance of folk songs has a special place in our repertoire and a special resonance with our listeners. This is especially true at our graduation ceremonies; a defining moment in the student rite of passage and a time when the University welcomes countless family and friends from all corners of the globe.

'The performance of traditional songs has become a cherished tradition at these extraordinary occasions and one which, as a result, has become synonymous with the choir. Successive university organists have, unsurprisingly, found themselves naturally drawn to the arrangement of folk songs: my own modest contributions follow in the rich tradition of my illustrious predecessors Cedric Thorpe Davie and John Kitchen, whose beautiful version of 'The Isle of Mull' opens the disc.'

To mark the release of Ca’ the Yowes, St Salvator’s Chapel Choir will give a concert in the chapel of Haddo House, Aberdeenshire on 21 November at 1pm. Tickets for this event, which include afternoon tea in Haddo House library, cost £10 and are available here.

Ca’ the Yowes will be on general sale from 23 November, priced £9.99. All proceeds will go to the University of St Andrews Music Centre to fund future choral activities.

St Salvator's Chapel Choir

Edition Peters choral music survey

29 October 2015

Edition Peters and Tido, in association with the Association of British Choral Directors and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, are looking for people involved in choral music to take part in a survey.

The questions are intended to help the organisations understand how choral musicians are using sheet music and technology now, and how they might use them in the future. 

The survey aims to ascertain where choirs acquire sheet music, whether singers use digital devices as part of their choral singing, and which apps they use.

Responses are anonymous and the survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Edition Peters Choral Music Survey

2015 British Composer Awards shortlist announced

29 October 2015

James Dillon
James DillonSimon Jay Price

The shortlist for the 2015 British Composer Awards has been announced.

It comprises 33 composers across 12 categories, including sonic art, orchestral, and community or educational project, with 40% of those shortlisted being first-time nominees.

The 36 shortlisted works include a choral piece inspired by the rhythm of skateboarders, a science fiction opera, and work marking the centenary of the first world war.

The shortlists for the choral and liturgical categories are as follows:

Choral
Papaver by Dai Fujikura
Stabat Mater dolorosa by James Dillon
St Luke Passion by James MacMillan

Liturgical
John the Baptist by Michael Finnissy
Little Mass by James MacMillan
Salve Regina by Kerry Andrew

Samuel Bordoli, whose work GRIND has been shortlisted for a community award, will be featured as the New Music composer in the March/April 2016 issue of C&O.

BASCA chairman Stephen McNeff said: ‘This year’s British Composer Awards sees us reaping the benefits of our new digital application process and a wonderful 33% rise in submissions. This means that the range and depth of submissions is enriched and we are reaching out across our profession to present a shortlist that reflects a wider, truer and more diverse picture of contemporary classical and jazz than ever before.’

Radio 3 controller Alan Davey said: ‘The UK’s contemporary music scene is thrilling. This shortlist shows what a remarkable year it has been. As the most significant commissioner of new music, BBC Radio 3 is dedicated to bringing our millions of listeners the very latest high quality contemporary composition. We wish the shortlisted composers the very best of luck and look forward to broadcasting the awards on Radio 3’s Hear and Now in December.’

The winners in each category will be announced at the British Film Institute (BFI) on 9 December. 

British Composer Awards

NYCGB receive PRS award

29 October 2015

Kerry Andrew
Kerry AndrewMorag Galloway

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain have become the latest recipients of PRS for Music Foundation's David Bedford Music Education Award.

The NYCGB were selected for their New Music Programme’s upcoming commissions from three young British composers (supported by a grant from the PRS For Music Foundation).

The three works - by Vikki Stone, Kerry Andrew and James Rose - are intended to challenge and capture the imagination of NYCGB’s members, aged 9-25 across five constituent choirs. The pieces will be premiered at the Royal Albert Hall on 10 April 2016 as part of a festival programme celebrating British choral music, with subsequent performances scheduled for venues across the UK, China and Hong Kong.

NYCGB director Ben Parry said: 'NYCGB’s New Music Programme aims to create new works that challenge and inspire our young singers whilst increasing the scope of choral music to engage a wider audience. We are delighted that our collaboration with three highly individual young British composers has been recognised by the PRS for Music Foundation and are honoured to receive the David Bedford Music Education Award.'

The David Bedford Music Education Award is given four times a year by PRS for Music Foundation to education projects involving composers and new music which they have funded. This will be the second time NYCGB has received the award: their first was in 2014 for a project with beatboxer Shlomo which resulted in the new work, ‘She Lost My Crossed Heart’.

PRS for Music Foundation: David Bedford Music Education Award

Temple Winter Festival programme revealed

28 October 2015

The programme for the third Temple Winter Festival, which will take place 14-18 December at Temple Church, has been revealed. 


The festival opens with a performance from the London Community Gospel Choir on 14 December with a programme of gospel, traditional, swing and soul music.

On 15 December, Stile Antico will perform Clemens non Papa's Christmas mass 'Pastores quidnam vidistis’ and a selection of German carols and motets including  Eccard’s 'Übers Gebirg Maria geht' and Praetorius’ double-choir Magnificat, which includes the carols 'In dulci jubilo' and 'Josef lieber, Josef mein'. The following night, Cardinall's Musick will present a programme of Tallis, including his Christmas mass 'Puer natus est nobis' and the motet ‘If ye love me’.

New five-part vocal consort Eo Nomine will present a programme titled 'Scent from Above' on 17 December, featuring seasonal 16th-century pieces and some more familiar fare. 

Temple Church associate organist Greg Morris's lunchtime recital on 18 December focuses on works by Nordic composers, including Nielsen and Buxtehude. In the evening, Temple Church Choir and Temple Brass bring the festival to a close with Christmas music by Einojuhani Rautavaara and Arvo Pärt, movements from Mendelssohn’s Christus and more contemporary sacred works by John Tavener and Eric Whitacre.

Tickets are available online, and cost from £10.

Temple Music


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