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.
A major project at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna overcomes the building’s acoustical challenges and provides control of the new Rieger and the choir organ in a single console; our survey of Ralph Vaughan Williams′s choral works concludes with a look at his exquisite miniatures, ceremonial music, and the sublime Mass in G minor; and exploring Denmark’s great national tradition of singing in times of adversity.
Plus, how a mission to promote Irish choral music led to the founding of a new publishing house in Waterford; a first world war memorial organ in a north London church is restored to its original condition by F.H. Browne & Sons; early music ensemble Voces Suaves combines 16th-century madrigals with Dante’s Divine Comedy; marking the 400th anniversary of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, the most important Dutch composer and pedagogue in the transition from renaissance to early baroque; behind the scenes with Renatus Church Organ & Ecclesiastical Services; the score for this month’s New Music commission, Storms don’t last forever for solo organ by NYCGB composer Nathan James Dearden; and our 2021 festivals supplement.