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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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Choir of St John's Cambridge launches new record imprint with Signum Classics

21 January 2016

The Choir of St John's College Cambridge has launched a new record imprint with Signum Classics.


The 'St John's Cambridge' label will release all forthcoming recordings by the choir, as well as chamber music and recitals from current members and alumni.

The label's first release, Deo, will feature choral and organ works by Jonathan Harvey, who studied at the college. The recording features works including The Annunciation and The Royal Banners Come - both written for the choir - as well as Holy Ghost, I love the Lord and two works for organ (Toccata for organ and tape and Laus Deo). The CD will be released in May.

The second release, which is due in autumn, will feature music for Advent and Christmas. The recording will include Michael Finnissy's John the Baptist, composed for the choir and winner of a British Composer Award.

Other future releases include a programme of violin works performed by Julia Hwang, a former category finalist in BBC Young Musician of the Year and an undergraduate at the college.

Andrew Nethsingha, director of music at St John’s College, confirmed that the label would be releasing around three recordings per year.

He said: 'This is an exciting time for both the Choir and the College of St John’s Cambridge. With the creation of the St John’s Cambridge imprint with Signum, we are able to showcase both the repertoire of the choir and also the astounding musical talent of the college. 

'I’m looking forward to presenting a diverse range of ambitious choral and recital repertoire on the label.'

The Choir's previous recordings have been with Chandos, with releases including works for choir and harp (2012), choral classics, works by Wesley (2013) and Christmas carols (2011).

Choir of St John's College Cambridge

Salisbury Cathedral: upcoming choral concerts

20 January 2016

Members of the choir at a Magna Carta gala concert
Members of the choir at a Magna Carta gala concertAsh Mills

Salisbury Cathedral Choir is putting on two special fundraising concerts in aid of its forthcoming tour to Germany and the Cathedral Choral Foundation.

The pre-tour concert will take place at 3pm on 28 February in Salisbury Cathedral. The programme will feature some of the repertoire to be sung during the tour, including Allegri's Miserere and works by Harris, Mozart, Purcell and Stanford. There will be a retiring collection in support of the tour, which takes place after Easter and will feature boy and girl choristers. 

'It promises to be a hugely rewarding and enjoyable experience both musically and educationally with an itinerary that includes concerts and services in historic towns and cities along or near the Rhine,' said David Halls, director of music. 'The choristers are well aware that they are there as representatives not only of their choir but of the city of Salisbury.'

The Holy Week choral foundation concert, which will take place at 7.30pm on 23 March, features Domenico Scarlatti's Stabat Mater and James MacMillan's Seven Last Words from the Cross. The choir will be accompanied by La Folia and conducted by David Halls. Tickets are £10-15, with proceeds going towards the Choral Foundation.

Salisbury Cathedral Choir was first endowed in 1314, and now comprises 16 boy choristers and 16 girl choristers aged 8-13 years, and six Lay Vicars.

Salisbury Cathedral was the first English cathedral to form an independent foundation for girl choristers. The girls sang their first service in October 1991 and nowadays the weekly services are equally divided between boy and girl choristers.

Salisbury Cathedral Choir

Applications open for the Rhinegold Charity Fund

18 January 2016

Charities operating within the music sector are invited to submit their applications for the Rhinegold Charity Fund 2016/17.

The successful charity will receive £10,000 to spend on advertising across Rhinegold's portfolio of classical music publications, websites and services.

They will also receive account management support on aspects of marketing and design from Rhinegold.

The scheme supports the work of charities that might not have the resources necessary to support a large advertising campaign on their own, giving them the opportunity to promote their cause to a large international readership.

Since its launch in 2013, the number of applications to the fund has doubled annually. The 2015 fund was awarded to two charities: Young Classical Artists Trust and Live Music Now.

Charities wishing to apply should complete the online form by 29 February, with the selected charity to be announced in March.

www.rhinegold.co.uk/fund

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Trinity Boys Choir record Bohemian Rhapsody

14 January 2016



Rock band Queen invited Trinity Boys Choir to record and film a new arrangement of Bohemian Rhapsody.


The choir's performance celebrates the 40th anniversary of the song becoming the band's first ever number one single and Christmas number one.

The video, which was released around Christmas 2015, currently has more than 85,000 views on YouTube.

The 40 members of the choir were conducted by music director David Swinson, who said: 'It’s been an absolute privilege to take part in the anniversary celebrations of this wonderful song. The boys really loved working onBohemian Rhapsody which worked its magic on them 40 years on.'

Dancers from English National Ballet and musicians from the Royal Academy of Music also recorded versions of the song.

Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody reinterpreted - Trinity Boys Choir

The Musicall Compass to present new version of Victoria's Requiem

11 January 2016

The Musicall Compass is to present a new version of Victoria's Requiem in collaboration with guitarist and composer Laura Snowden.

The new version, which removes the work from its liturgical, historical and architectural setting, will be performed at 7.30pm on 17 February at Kings Place.

The performance will include the original Taedet animam meam (second lesson of Matins), Introit, Kyrie, Gradual, Offertory, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Communion and the funeral motet Versa est in luctum cithara mea.

'Given that the extended liturgy and ceremony between each movement,  the architecture of the building and the importance of the occasion which surrounded Victoria’s Mass at its original performance cannot be recreated in a concert performance, or perhaps ever again in a precise way, we have experimented with providing an entirely new setting for the work, replacing the elements that we no longer have access to with something entirely new,' said Crispin Lewis, founding director of the Musicall Compass. 'Laura’s unashamedly eclectic improvisations link Victoria's movements and, at points of repetition, mingle with his music, providing a new context in which the 1605 Requiem can live and evoke everything that might have existed around the work at its original performance.'

The Musicall Compass has a particular interest in presenting 17th- and 18th-century liturgical music in new contexts. Past projects have included new versions of Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri, Haydn's Seven Last Words and J.S. Bach's Motets.

www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/music/tomas-luis-de-victoria-requiem-mass-1605

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