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 meets the new director of music at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge; introducing the work of Japanese organ builder Tetsuo Kusakari; assessing Ralph Vaughan Williams’ large-scale choral works; and celebrating the achievements of the British organ builder Mander Organs.
Plus, David Hill looks at alternative Passiontide music; the score for our new commission from NYCGB composer Joe Bates for mixed voices; Sing for Pleasure’s director Manvinder Rattan explains the need for BAME role models in conducting; Thomas Trotter pays tribute to Catherine Ennis; how digital organ builders have responded to the challenges posed by the pandemic; a new organ for St Vitus Cathedral, Prague, sits next to a claviorgan in the Spanish builder’s workshop; how Sweelinck and co. saved church music from being stifled by a zealous 16th-century religious movement; and choosing suitable organ registration for Balbastre’s Romance.