JUNE 2023 VOLUME 31 NUMBER 5 CONTENTS
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13 SIR DAVID LUMSDEN
As teacher, conservatoire principal, organist and choral director, he brought authority to all he did.
14 DAVID HILL IN CONVERSATION…
Being inspired by David Willcocks and Philip Ledger, arranging music for Radio 2, and 12 years with The King’s Singers – just some of the ingredients that have helped to shape Bob Chilcott. SECONDARY COVER PHOTOGRAPH © MAGGIE HAMILTON
17 CITY OF LONDON
Ever heard of Ann Mounsey Bartholomew or Edmund Thomas Chipp? An intriguing project has dug deep into the musical history of London’s Square Mile to unearth and record organ works by forgotten composers over the past 300 years.
400 years after his death, we consider the enduring attraction of the liturgical works of a composer who successfully navigated the choppy seas of religious and political turmoil.
26 RECONSTRUCTING ENGLER
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BOB CHILCOTT The composerconductor talks to David Hill see page 14
OUT OF THE ASHES How three organ building firms collaborated to reconstruct a Baroque organ destroyed by fire in the Basilica of St Elizabeth in Wrocław, Poland
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CHOIR & ORGAN OFFERS RVW’s Four Last Songs arranged for SATB
see page 41
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What is the enduring appeal of his liturgical music?
How to make the most of commissioning new choral works
SECRETS OF THE CITY
A new project is bringing to light long-forgotten organ works
When fire swept through a basilica in Wroclaw, it took with it an exceptional organ by Michael Engler – the last of his lifetime. Now, a trio of organ building firms has drawn on research to reconstruct the original instrument . COVER PHOTOGRAPH ARCHIVE KLAIS
32 CHORAL COMMISSIONING
First , get to know the choir … how close collaboration between singers, conductor and composer can bear fruit in the creation of new choral repertoire.
36 MASCIONI ORGANS
Step into the workshop of one of the oldest surviving organ builders in the world and you will find restoration work under way on a 1536 Antegnati/1826 Serassi organ.
Dip into the magazine’s archive for some fascinating musical snapshots of the past century.
REGULARS 6 News | 12 Recital round-up | 31 Digital digest | 41 Readers’ offers | 56 On release 52 TRAVELLER’S JOY
Rare manuscripts and historic organs in Bologna. 57 REVIEWS
Five stars for a Tagliavini recital; Gerald Hendrie’s organ works; Bairstow from Durham; Léon Berben plays Van Noordt and Titelouze; Bent Sørensen’s St Matthew Passion; Ligeti’s choral works; Requiems by Kerensa Briggs and Cecilia McDowall; a new edition of Scheidemann’s Choralfantasien; and Haydn’s Creation arranged for sopranos, altos and men. 66 ENCOUNTERS
Ben Bloor, organist at The London Oratory.
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