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.
Anglo-Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova reflects on the UK’s musical landscape and why she values composing for choirs; Fugue State Films trace the history of the English organ through sight and sound; a lost Schnitger organ is brought back to life in a newly built instrument in the Netherlands; and we delve into the archives of the world’s oldest music publisher, Breitkopf & Härtel, on its 300th anniversary.
Plus, one woman’s mission to foster hope and a sense of self-worth with Roma children through choral singing; how styles of performing Handel’s Messiah have metamorphosed over time; Blenheim Palace’s Henry Willis organ; exploring the French Spa town where Saint-Saëns went to recharge his batteries; the third instalment of our series on organ building in North America; composer Andrew Carter at 80; Danish organ builders Frobenius & Sons; and our guide to organ and choral competitions in 2020.