The leading independent magazine for all those interested in the choral and organ worlds.
Choir & Organ shines a global spotlight on two distinctive fields of creativity, celebrating inventiveness and excellence in all their forms. We aim to inspire our readers through giving a platform to conductors, organists, composers, and choirs of every kind; and showcasing the imaginative craft of pipe organ building across the centuries, critiquing new organs and tackling ethics in restoring historic instruments.
Specialist writers appraise new editions and recordings of standard repertoire and works fresh from the composer's pen, while our news and previews chart the latest developments in a changing world and present opportunities to become involved. Choir & Organ is an invitation to engage with two unique areas of music – to explore the new, and look again at the familiar.
Composer, choir director and BBC presenter James Whitbourn adds musical animateur at an Oxford college to his portfolio; how Mander Organs’ last major project transformed Waltham Abbey’s ailing J.W. Walker organ into a sleek, vibrant instrument; the Goldberg Ensemble Gdańsk uncovers a rich archive of Polish baroque music; and what is the argument for the use of the tremulant in J.S. Bach′s organ music?
Plus, chamber organs in the workshop of Orgelbau Goll; the addition of local dance rhythms brings a rustic earthiness to a renaissance Mass from Mexico; Paul Spicer trains young singers in the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir; what Stephen Tharp learned about Vierne’s symphonies from the organ in Saint-Sulpice; Pia Rose Scattergood’s folding, unfolding for organ; David Hill revisits Christmas anthologies in our choral clinic; paying tribute to the Canadian harpsichordist, organist, and early music pioneer Kenneth Gilbert; and our guide to organ and choral competitions in 2021.