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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

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Genesis Sixteen appoints new conducting scholar

18 August 2015

Sarah Latto
Sarah Latto

Sarah Latto has been announced as the Genesis Sixteen conducting scholar for 2015/16. She follows Robbie Jacobs, the inaugural conducting scholar.

Latto read music at Cambridge University, where she held a choral scholarship with Sidney Sussex College and studied conducting with David Skinner and Stephen Layton. She continued her studies in Brighton with Deborah Roberts and John Hancorn, where she worked closely with Brighton Early Music Festival as a vocal coach and director, and conducted the BREMF Community Choir and the BREMF Consort in performance. In 2014, she was selected for the Association of British Choral Directors bursary for young conductors, through which she worked with the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus.

She currently directs Tapestry, a 16-piece vocal ensemble based in Berkshire which explores 19th- and 20th-century repertoire for women's voices, and the North Downs Consort. She is also musical director and vocal coach with the arts department at Brunel University

Harry Christophers, founder and conductor of The Sixteen, said: 'The conducting scholarship is a truly unique opportunity not only to work alongside myself and associate conductor Eamonn Dougan, but also to direct a group of young singers training to become top level professionals. I am very pleased to welcome Sarah to the scheme and look forward to working with her over the coming year.'

Genesis Sixteen is The Sixteen's free young artists' scheme which provides group tuition, individual mentoring and masterclasses from leading industry figures for talented young ensemble singers. The scheme is now in its fifth year and has welcomed its 100th participant.

Genesis Sixteen

NIIOC announces senior category candidates

18 August 2015

Erwan Le Prado
Erwan Le Prado

The Northern Ireland International Organ Competition has announced the 12 shortlisted candidates for the senior category, which will take place on 24 August at St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh:

  • Callum Alger - UK
  • Sanne Behrends Lorenzen - Denmark
  • Yanis Dubois - France
  • Jack Redman - UK
  • Martina Smyth - Republic of Ireland
  • Henry Brearley - UK
  • Josie Towle-Jones - UK
  • Robbie Carroll - Republic of Ireland
  • Alexander Hamilton - UK
  • Laurence Long - UK
  • Anna Lapwood - UK
  • David Bendix Nielsen - Denmark

The category winner will receive a trophy, a £1,000 cash prize, four public recitals (hosted by Westminster Abbey, Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin and St. Anne's Cathedral, Belfast), a professional CD recording, a professionally filmed promotional video, and other media opportunities.

The competition runs 24-26 August. Erwan Le Prado will chair the jury.

The Northern Ireland International Organ Competition

Choral compositions announced

18 August 2015

© Chris Christodoulou

The pieces chosen for the Choir & Organ Choral Composition Workshop on 1 September, with Judith Weir and the BBC Singers, are:

  • Manos CHARALABOPOULOS: The Cloths of Heaven
  • William COLE: ...plorans ploravit... 
  • Jacob EWENS: After long silence 
  • Gemma MCGREGOR: Egilsay Kirk
  • Angela Elizabeth SLATER: Apparition 
  • SungLyul YOON: O Virtus Sapientiae
BBC Singers senior producer Michael Emery said, 'We look forward to a really thought-provoking and interesting workshop.'

This workshop takes place on Tuesday 1 September 2015 at BBC Maida Vale Studio 2, London W9, from 2-5pm. Sign up for a free ticket here.

Chosen scores for our Organ Composition Workshop on Thursday 10 September at St George's Hanover Square were announced on 4 August. Tickets for this workshop can be reserved here

John Scott: concert review

14 August 2015

John Scott at his Three Choirs Festival recital in Hereford Cathedral
John Scott at his Three Choirs Festival recital in Hereford Cathedralphoto by Gordon Taylor

On 31 July, John Scott's recital at the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford was a sensation (from a review by the editor of the Three Choirs Festival, to be published in the September/October issue of Choir & Organ)

… Scott demonstrated the versatility of the instrument in the big orchestral romanticism of Mendelssohn’s Overture to St Paul (arr. Best), Franck’s Choral no.2 in B minor, and a complete romp through Lemare’s Concert Fantasia; the simple elegance of Mozart’s Adagio and Allegro in F minor K594; and a registrational cornucopia in Bach’s Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor BWV 582 and Dupré’s Variations sur un Noël – I felt like a child in a sweetshop, sampling one delicious flavour after another. The programme also included two new pieces for the Orgelbüchlein Project – Cecilia McDowall’s Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält, and the world premiere of Anthony Powers’s O Gott, du frommer Gott – and Scott cleverly preceded each with a Bach chorale prelude that reflected a similar compositional technique: Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend BWV 632 before the Powers, written in a canonic texture, and Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV 633, exquisitely embellished, before the McDowall, which also is characterised by delicate ornamentation …


JOHN SCOTT (1956-2015)

13 August 2015

John Scott at his Three Choirs Festival recital in Hereford Cathedral
John Scott at his Three Choirs Festival recital in Hereford CathedralCourtesy Three Choirs Festival

The death of John Scott yesterday has shocked the organ world.


Scott had returned to New York, where he was organist and director of music at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, after a European tour which had included a brilliant recital in Hereford Cathedral on 31 July at the Three Choirs Festival. He was hospitalised with a cardiac complaint and died yesterday afternoon, with his wife Lily at his side.


John Scott was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, and was a chorister in the cathedral choir there before going as organ scholar to St John’s College, Cambridge University. Following assistant organist posts at Southwark and St Paul’s cathedrals in London, Scott was succeeded Christopher Dearnley as organist and director of music of St Paul’s in 1990. In the 2004 New Year’s Honours list he was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO).


An obituary will be published in the September/October 2015 issue of Choir & Organ. 

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