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.
Choir & Organ heads to the Bavarian town of Oberammergau to learn about the world-renowned Passion Play that unites music and theatre in a tradition dating back to 1633; how Flentrop Orgelbouw set about restoring a late renaissance organ in Poland; how Mozart’s orchestration of Handel’s Messiah helped the oratorio to evolve into an expansive choral work; a new series on performance practice launches with the intricacies of the French baroque; and introducing our New Music partners for 2020: Clare College, Cambridge.
Plus, how the League of Nations promoted peace through singing; Toby Hession’s uplifting anthem for SATB choir and organ to download and perform; behind the scenes of the restoration project at Norway’s Skien Church bringing a 19th-century organ back to life; David Hill on conducting Beethoven’s Missa solemnis; English organ builder Henry Willis & Sons; David Goode’s tutorial on Beethoven’s early organ fugue; Wells Cathedral’s Melanie Lawlor; tour companies supplement; and our pick of the best albums of 2019.