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www.choirandorgan.com EDITORIAL Phone +44 (0)7785 613144 Email maggie.hamilton@markallengroup.com Editor Maggie Hamilton Assistant Editor Harriet Clifford New Music Editor Shirley Ratcliffe Designer Daniela Di Padova Editorial Advisory Board Thomas Allery, Chris Bragg, David Hill, Joy Hill, Graeme Kay, William McVicker, Matthew Power, Dobrinka Tabakova Editorial Director Ashutosh Khandekar SUBSCRIPTIONS AND BACK ISSUES Phone UK 0800 137201 Overseas +44 1722 716997 Email subscriptions@markallengroup.com Subscriptions Manager Bethany Foy UK Subscription Rate £65.00 ADVERTISING Phone +44 (0)20 7333 1733 Email alisdair.ashman@markallengroup.com Group Sales Manager Alisdair Ashman, +44 (0)20 7333 1725 Production Leandro Linares, +44 (0)20 7501 6665 PUBLISHING Phone +44 (0)20 7738 5454 Marketing Manager John Barnett Director of Marketing & Digital Strategy Luca Da Re Publishing Director Owen Mortimer Group Institutional Sales Manager Jas Atwal Production Director Richard Hamshere Circulation Director Sally Boettcher Managing Director Paul Geoghegan Chief Executive Officer Ben Allen Chairman Mark Allen www.markallengroup.com

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APRIL 2020 VOLUME 28 NUMBER 4 CONTENTS

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15 HALLÉ FAMILY

The children’s, youth and community choirs of Manchester’s crowning choral jewel.

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COVER STORY

Two worlds of music, one magazine

April 2020

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CHELSEA FIXTURE

A new William Drake organ in Old Church is turning heads

VOCAL POWER ‘Beautifully crafted, with piquant harmonies’: the choral output of US composer Ned Rorem see page 25

CHOIR & ORGAN OFFERS Discounts on all Ned Rorem’s catalogue

CHOIR & ORGAN OFFERS Discounts on all Ned Rorem’s catalogue see page 29

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CHOIRS FOR THE YOUNG SPECIAL FOCUS

SWEET SKÅNE

Musical attractions in the south of Sweden

GRAY & DAVISON

How the organ builders became leaders in their field

CASALS REMEMBERED

A choral commission pays tribute to the great cellist

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CHELSEA OLD CHURCH Could this new William Drake instrument for a west London church be a game changer for British organ building?

COVER PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY WILLIAM DRAKE LTD.

25 NED ROREM

Exploring the unique choral output of the American ‘composer who also writes’.

30 GRAY & DAVISON: 1

Nicholas Thistlethwaite appraises the output of the London-based organ builders in their heyday.

38 JBOA

How the Jennifer Bate Organ Academy nurtures the all-round female musician.

54 PERFORMANCE REVIEW

Joris Verdin references primary source materials to interpret César Franck’s Choral no.3.

59 LONDON PHILHARMONIC CHOIR

Meet the artistic director of the choir whose raison d’être is to serve one of the world’s top orchestras.

62 MARCUSSEN & SØN

The organ builders restore the huge instrument in Århus Cathedral, once the largest in Denmark.

67 PABLO CASALS

A choral tribute to the cellist who ‘promoted lasting peace in a unified world.’

REGULARS 6 News | 29 Readers’ offers | 35 Graeme Kay goes Freestyle | 73 Recital round-up | 76 On release 36 NEW MUSIC – THE SEQUEL

Catching up with Barnaby Martin. 41 SUPPLEMENT YOUNG CHOIRS

With features on cambiata voices and the joys of teaching children to sing. 66 CHORAL CLINIC

How to recruit singers – and keep them. 70 TRAVELLER’S JOY

Take a trip to Sweden’s Skåne. 77 REVIEWS

Two recordings on St Florian’s ‘Bruckner Organ’; Timothy Parsons in Exeter; Utopia Chamber Choir’s early spiritual songs; a trio of Gesualdos; a young composer from Latvia; choral music for the young voice; and seasonal organ music from Pamela Decker. 90 ENCOUNTERS Introducing The Lady

Organist, Morwenna Campbell-Smith.

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