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.
Harrison & Harrison’s renovation of York Minster’s famous organ seeks to recapture its late-romantic opulence; British composer Bob Chilcott shares his passion for writing for young people and amateur choirs; and in the first of a new series, David Hill meets James O’Donnell who shares early memories of conducting choirs, and the impact of Covid on the Choir of Westminster Abbey.
Plus, reassessing the legacy of French organist Jeanne Demessieux whose compositions deserve to be more widely known and performed; the Bavarian Radio Choir celebrates its 75th season as it anticipates the arrival of Simon Rattle; a new choral work by Richard Blackford recreates the unusual déjà-vu experiences of a Covid patient; Jonathan Ambrosino examines how churches in his home region of Greater Boston presented their services during lockdown; Paul Hale surveys the work of two smaller British organ builders, in Huddersfield and Nottingham; and our 2021 Tour Companies supplement.