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14 FREDERICK SWANN
Remembering a ‘titan’ among America’s organists and church musicians.
15 ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC
Two worlds of music, one magazine April 2023 UK £6.95 choirandorgan.com
SOFI JEANNIN The BBC Singers’ chief conductor talks to David Hill see page 26
PLATFORM TICKET New opportunities for organ students to deepen their scholarship, develop skills, and expand their horizons at London’s Royal Academy of Music
CHOIR & ORGAN OFFERS Philip Moore’s Venite for SATB & organ see page 29
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EARLY DAYS Performing Renaissance vocal music
VOICES OF WROCŁAW How Polish choral singing has blossomed
PASSPORT TO PIMLICO A Binns/Walker organ rebuilt by Nicholson & Co.
New prizes for organ students, continuo training, travel exchange programmes, and access to a recently acquired scholarly archive all contribute towards a fulfilling package of study at London’s oldest conservatoire. COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY BENJAMIN HARTE
20 RENAISSANCE SINGING
How the Tudor practice of singing from a single choir lectern can impact on performers and listeners alike.
26 DAVID HILL IN CONVERSATION…
Sofi Jeannin talks about the fun of conducting choirs, her fascination with contemporary music, and the uniqueness of the BBC Singers. SECONDARY COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY PATRICK ALLEN
30 HARALD VOGEL
‘ The single most influential global voice in historical north German organ art’ shares his thoughts.
39 NFM CHOIR
The crack Polish choir looks to expand its already wide repertoire base with a new French artistic director.
42 VAN DEN HEUVEL
Paul Hale casts an eye over recent projects that have passed through the Dutch builder’s workshop.
48 TRURO CATHEDRAL
How the music department at the Cornish cathedral punches well above its weight .
52 NICHOLSON & CO.
‘Warmth and colour’ characterise the Worcestershire builder’s organ for a church in Pimlico.
REGULARS 6 News | 13 Recital round-up | 13 Letters |
29 Readers’ offers | 33 Graeme Kay goes Freestyle | 57 Digital digest | 62 On release
35 FESTIVALS 2023
Dates for your diary. 60 TRAVELLER’S JOY
Lavender and medieval villages in France. 63 REVIEWS
Five stars for Tom Winpenny ’s Arnold Cooke CD and Bart Jacobs on the ‘Contius’ organ; Christophe Rousset presents Couperin’s secular works; Bach from Fifth Avenue; comparing three versions of Rachmaninov’s Vespers; the NFM Choir’s remembrance CD; Bavaria’s ‘excellent’ interpretation of Caplet ; and organ works by Cooman, Frahm and Karg-Elert . 74 ENCOUNTERS
Animateur and conductor Lucy Hollins.
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