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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

Second 'One Day One Choir' event approaches

21 August 2015

The second 'One Day One Choir' event will take place on 21 September (World Peace Day). The global choral initiative encourages people to sing together in aid of peace.

The event, which launched in 2014, will take place annually until 2018, marking the centenary years of WWI. The initiative is hoping to mobilise the biggest choir in the world for peace in 2018, marking 100 years since the end of WWI. 

Anyone can join in either by dedicating something they are singing to Peace Day or by creating a performance with a focus on peace. Those who cannot sing on the day itself, can still be part of 'One Day One Choir' by singing for peace in the week leading up to Peace Day.

The project was launched by Jane Hanson, a London-based choir director and educator.

One Day One Choir

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

Organ compositions announced

4 August 2015

Chris Christodoulou

Craig Ogden

Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir CBE and Thomas Trotter have announced the pieces that they have chosen for the Choir & Organ Composition Workshop for Organ on 10 September, held in partnership with the Royal College of Organists.   

The workshop – which is free of charge, and is open to composers and observers alike – will provide a unique insight into composition techniques for the organ, drawing on seven of the 17 scores submitted by composers of all ages.   

The pieces to be workshopped are:   

  • Ben Comeau: Cordes à tension 
  • Rob Crehan:  Hymn to the Martyr 
  • Andrew Kirk: Ostinato 45 
  • David Loxley-Blount: Limadie meets London
  • Miriam Mackie: Kept Burning
  • Christian Morris: Warum sollt ich 
  • Elizabeth Winters: Evening Voluntary    

Judith Weir commented: ‘We have received an interesting and varied group of scores, some by composers already known to the new music community, others not yet so well-known (to me at least!). In almost every case the music has been well-presented and literate. Composers vary about how many organ-specific details and registrations they include in the score – this will, I’m sure, be a discussion point in the workshop – but most seem to have imagined the geography of the instrument well, even if they aren’t organists.’   

The workshop takes place on Thursday 10 September at 2-5pm, on the new Richards, Fowkes organ in St George’s, Hanover Square, London W1S 1FX. Sign up for a free ticket here.

Chosen scores for our Choral Composition Workshop on 1 September (with Judith Weir and the BBC Singers) will be announced in due course. Free tickets to the choral workshop can be reserved here.

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