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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

St John's Smith Square Christmas Festival

2 December 2015

The 30th edition of the St John's Smith Square Christmas Festival will take place from 11-23 December 2015.

The event will launch with a performance from the Choir of King's College London in a programme including Tallis's Spem in Alium.

There will be appearances from four Oxbridge choirs: the Choir of Christ Church Oxford; the Choir of Merton College, Oxford; the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge; and the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge.

The event concludes with performances of Bach's B minor mass (22 December, with the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge and the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment) and Handel's Messiah (23 December, with Polyphony and the OAE), now an annual tradition.

The festival also includes performances from Ex Cathedra; Siglo de Oro; Chapelle du Roi; Ensemble Plus Ultra; the Tallis Scholars; and Solomon's Knot.

St John's Smith Square

New carol for King's commissioned from Richard Causton

2 December 2015

Richard Causton
Richard CaustonKatie Vandyck

Richard Causton is the composer of this year's King's College commission for the Nine Lessons and Carols service on Christmas Eve. His carol The Flight is an unaccompanied setting of a poem by George Szirtes.

Causton is a house composer at English National Opera and has been a lecturer in composition at the University of Cambridge since October 2012.

He has worked with ensembles including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of  Enlightenment and the Britten Sinfonia. Recent works include a chamber symphony commissioned by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and a piano quintet for the Nash Ensemble's 50th birthday.

Accolades include the Mendelssohn Scholarship (1997), the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for chamber-scale composition (Phoenix, 2006), and the British Composer Award for best instrumental work (Seven States of Rain, 2004).

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will take place at 3pm in King's College Chapel, Cambridge. The service will be broadcast live on Radio 4.

Richard Causton

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.


They won the categories for community choir; SATB choir (composers aged 18 or under); SATB choir (composers aged 19 or over); and The King's Singers respectively.

Both Heneghan and Smith set 'I Saw Three Ships', while Hession chose 'Videntes Stellam' and Nicholls 'Christmas Bells'.

The carols by Nicholls, Hession and Heneghan will be performed by King's Junior Voices, Inner Voices and Quay Voices in King's College Chapel, Cambridge on 4 December, and the King's Singers will present their winning carol in concert that evening.

The winners were chosen by a panel comprising Stephen Cleobury, John Rutter, Richard Causton and Christopher Gabbitas.

Cleobury said: 'For our second competition here at King’s we found no diminution in the quality or quantity of entries submitted, and there were a number of excellent compositions. We can confidently look forward to enjoying the works of the winners.'

The competition is run by Music Productions on behalf of the King's Singers, King's College, Cambridge and Woodfines Solicitors in association with Edition Peters and Classic FM. Owain Park won the inaugural competition, which took place in 2012. 

A Carol for Christmas

Organ recital: Michael Wynne

20 November 2015

Michael Wynne
Michael Wynne

Michael Wynne will give his inaugural recital as the University of Lancaster's university organist in Lancaster Arts' Great Hall at 7.30 pm on 26 November.

Wynne will also offer the audience a chance to inspect and try the instrument during an interactive pre-concert talk (starting 6.45pm).

The programme will be:
M. Bergmann: Magnificat II toni
Sweelinck: Ricercar del nono tono
JS Bach: Komm, heiliger Geist
Purcell: A Voluntary‘for ye double organ’
Böhm: Partita: Freu dich sehr meine Seele
Krebs: Toccata and Fugue in E major

Wynne is also director of music at St Mary's Priory, Warrington, and is the founder and director of Warrington Choral Society. He writes for Church Music Quarterly and is a member of the Royal College of Organists.

Wynne studied organ with Ian Tracey, Susan Landale, David Titterington and Patrick Russill; improvisation with David Briggs and Olivier Latry; and conducting with Fraser Goulding and Vernon Handley. He has played in masterclasses with Jacques van Oortmerssen, Gillian Weir, Naji Hakim and Daniel Roth.

Tickets start from £9.

Michael Wynne: organ recital

Organ masterclass: Stephen Cleobury

20 November 2015

Stephen Cleobury will be leading an organ masterclass in the chapel of King's College, Cambridge from 6.30-9.30pm on 25 November.

Stephen Cleobury will work with organ scholars from Cambridge University on English organ music, focusing on repertoire by Howells. There will be an audio-visual link from the loft for observers to watch from the chapel.

Some admission may be available on the evening at the college but applications to observe should be made to Andrew Johnson. Tickets for observers cost £20 (£5 for full time students).

King's College Chapel


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