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.
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.