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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

Winning hands

30 January 2013

Toby Young, Kerry Andrew and Stef Conner have won the Incorporated Society of Musicians’ (ISM) inaugural competition for young composers with original works for voices inspired by the music of Benjamin Britten to celebrate the composer’s centenary this year. 

Toby Young’s Missa Brevis won the children’s voices category, with Kerry Andrew’s All Things Are Quite and Stef Conner’s O Earendel (Hymn to the Star) – both for SATB – being highly commended. Suzi Digby will conduct the premieres of the three pieces at the ISM Conference at Queens’ College, Cambridge on 4 April 2013. 

Toby Young studied composition with Robin Holloway at Cambridge while a choral scholar in the King's College Chapel Choir. Kerry Andrew – a former Choir & Organ New Music composer – specialises in experimental vocal music, choral music and music-theatre, and won a British Composer Award in 2010. Stef Conner has a Ph.D in composition from the University of York, and her awards include the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize. 

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