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THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBUTORS
‘Move over Paul McCreesh,’ says reviews editor ANDREW MELLOR, whose ‘local’ cathedral is reconstructing the original 1880 service of Nine Lessons and Carols this Christmas. ‘Truro’s music department has long upheld impeccable standards and this project proves it has real imagination too.’
JEREMY DIBBLE, author of this month’s Collection article on Vaughan William’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols, says: ‘This piece embodies that wonderful spectrum of festal emotions at Christmas, of solemnity, mystery and awe, merriment, carol-singing – all encompassed by the generosity of the human spirit.’
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‘There is a large but littleknown repertoire of organ music based on Christmas chorales and carols,’ says JEREMY NICHOLAS. ‘My Specialist’s Guide lists the best recordings of old favourites – and a few newcomers – played on a wide variety of instruments including the largest pipe organ in the world.’
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In celebration of music for the voice
Christmas music means, for most, choral music. So I make no apology that we’ve focused so heavily on the voice in this issue, though via a variety of angles as you’ll discover, from Truro to Japan.
There’s something deeply and emotionally direct about music for the voice – not least as it’s something we can all join in with. That’s not to take anything away from the immense skill of the professionals or the complexity of their repertoire, but all of us can stand in the pews and throw our voices into carols – with, if we’re lucky, a skilled choir enriching our efforts with harmonies and a soaring descant. You can experience choral music all year, of course, and I’d urge you to do so – Christmas is but a part of a year-long cycle of musical liturgical tradition maintained by cathedral and church choirs. At a time when the critical spotlight is focused on the national spread of UK government
‘There’s something deeply and emotionally direct about music for the voice – not least as it’s something we can all join in with’
arts funding – a recent report revealed that £69 per person goes to London organisations, and just £4.58 outside it, something that I believe needs serious reconsideration – it’s worth noting that the historic development of pre-industrial Britain left our great choral institutions truly evenly spread. Some are in London but generally they’re based where provincial power once rested – in places such as Wells, Norwich, Durham, Ely – and there they, thankfully, remain.
Yet our celebration of choral music this year takes on a note of sadness: as we were going to press, we learnt of the death of Sir John Tavener, a composer whose music embodies a deep spirituality and which has reached remarkably wide audiences: we’ll be commemorating his life more fully in our January issue.
Finally, the more vigilant among you may have noticed that I’m now writing from our new publishers, the Mark Allen Group, and from our new office high within the painted roof of a Victorian church – ‘photos on
Facebook’, as they say. And what could feel more seasonal than that? A very happy Christmas to you all.
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