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July 2022

In the July/August issue of Choir & Organ, Harry Christophers reflects on post-pandemic audiences in the UK and USA, the importance of cathedral choristerships for both boys and girls, and recalls how he formed The Sixteen.

Elsewhere, as the Edinburgh International Festival celebrates 75 years, we venture behind the scenes of its choral linchpin Edinburgh Festival Chorus; Pierre Dubois gives a progress report on the restoration of Notre-Dame’s organ; remembering organist-conductor Simon Preston; and reassessing the output of English composer Thomas Tomkins in his 450th year.

Plus, Jack Oade introduces the score for Rorate caeli desuper, his new work for solo organ commissioned by Choir & Organ as part of our New Music partnership with the VOCES8 Foundation; Nicholas Thistlethwaite concludes his series on musicians who laid the foundations of the culture of Victorian church music with Edward John Hopkins, ‘The Father of English Organists’; Heidi Breyer discusses her new Requiem ahead of the Carnegie Hall premiere; Henry Fairs continues his tour of Berlin’s historic organs with Wilhelm Sauer’s instrument for the Berliner Dom; inside the workshops of Clevedon Organs and Michael Farley Organ Builders; BBC Radio 3 presenter Georgia Mann; and our International Directory of Pipe Organ Builders.

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