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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.


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Royal rededication 

9 May 2013

Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

HM The Queen and HRH Prince Philip attended a service of Choral Evensong at the Temple Church to mark the rededication of the organ, following a two-year, £750,000 programme of restoration by Harrison & Harrison of Durham. The royal couple were welcomed by the treasurers of the Inner and Middle Temple, Simon Thorley QC and Christopher Symons QC, and viewed an exhibition showing the progress of the restoration project.

The present organ was donated to the Temple in 1954 by Lord Glentanar who had commissioned the instrument from Harrisons in 1924 for the ballroom in Glen Tanar House, near Aboyne, Aberdeenshire. The case, behind which is the four-manual organ complete with three 32-ft stops, is modelled on drawings of the Temple’s Father Smith organ of 1688.

The packed congregation heard music by Gabriel Jackson and Sir Charles Stanford; director of music James Vivian is reported to have amused the Queen by likening the temporary replacement electronic instrument to a 'giant karaoke machine'.

But the joint chairs of the organ fund appeal committee, Sir Anthony May and Michael Blair QC, said, 'The organ has not simply been repaired; it has been restored to its original and proper glory.'

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