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 September issue of Choir & Organ, we investigate the challenges faced by French organ builder Bernard Aubertin in designing an instrument for a small chapel capable of accompanying plainchant and Masses as well as performing Bach and French Classical repertoire; and Simon Halsey reflects on how the role of chorusmaster differs from that of choral director and the need to keep fighting for good music provision in state education. Plus, as a major new edition of the intégrale is published, its editor Richard Brasier examines the early organ works of César Franck; how Ralph Vaughan Williams borrowed from folksong to enrich Anglican hymnody; the Danish Radio Concert Choir marks its 90th anniversary; exploring the choral works of Elizabeth Maconchy and Grace Williams, two undeservedly neglected 20th-century composers from the British Isles who are overdue for a revival; Gabrielle Liriano introduces the score to O Lamb of God for choir, commissioned by Choir & Organ as part of our New Music series with the VOCES8 Foundation; tributes to Simon Preston and Richard Seal; how an innovative programme in Leeds is nurturing young organists; the 1925 Steinmeyer organ in Corpus Christi Church; Sulasol publishing director Reijo Kekkonen; and our Scholarships and Voice Trials supplement.