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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2024 VOLUME 32 NUMBER 1 CONTENTS

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14 DAVID HILL IN CONVERSATION …

‘ The dearth of music education is so serious … we have to make new pathways in any way we can.’ Ben Parry speaks his mind on the importance of getting young people singing.

18 WONDELGEM

How Belgian organ builder Joris Potvlieghe set about creating a replica of a 1763 Contius organ in a suburb of Ghent , including sourcing the right kind of French oak and metals. SECONDARY COVER PHOTOGRAPH © COLIN HARVEY

25 THE MARIAN CONSORT

COVER STORY

The vocal ensemble has premiered over 30 choral works, and runs an outreach programme for amateur singers to participate in their concerts – which makes it an ideal partner for Choir & Organ’s 2024 New Music series.

COVER PHOTOGRAPH © BRITTEN PEARS ARTS

30 TON KOOPMAN

In his 80th year, the Dutch organist-conductor and Baroque specialist reflects on his career, discusses the role of a conductor in performances and recordings, and picks his favourite organs in Europe.

43 LUCY WALKER

The composer shares how she came to choral writing relatively late, and how her residency with the London-based professional choir St Martin’s Voices is ‘liberating’.

46 CAVAILLÉ-COLL

The acquisition of the medal that the French builder was awarded for his organ in Saint-Denis, Paris, led Richard Brasier to look anew at this groundbreaking instrument .

REGULARS 6 News  |  12 Recital round-up  | 23 Readers’ offers  | 29 Digital Digest  | 54 On release 34 NEW MUSIC

Marcus Rock’s Toe by Toe for unaccompanied mixed voice choir. 37 COMPETITIONS 2024 SUPPLEMENT

Ways for organists and choirs to compete internationally with their peers. 55 REVIEWS

An ‘outstanding testament’ to Bernard Foccroulle with his complete Bach; Thomas Trotter’s 40 years as Birmingham City Organist ; former St Albans winner Konstantin Volostnov’s complete Brahms; 5 stars for CDs of Pärt and Tormis; ‘tender beauty ’ in Delius’s Mass of Life; the ‘manifold’ merits of the Dunedin Consort’s C minor Mass by Mozart; US choral works from Conspirare; ‘flawless’ performances of Bach and MacMillan by Tenebrae; liturgical scores and concert items; toccatas, variations and transcriptions for organ; and a new edition of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. 66 ENCOUNTERS

Composer Brian Field wants his music to ‘open a discussion’.

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