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APRIL 2020 VOLUME 28 NUMBER 4 CONTENTS
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SP H O T O G R A P H Y
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C O U R T E S Y
C H O L A S T H I S T L E T H W A I
15 HALLÉ FAMILY
The children’s, youth and community choirs of Manchester’s crowning choral jewel.
Two worlds of music, one magazine
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
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CHOIRS FOR THE YOUNG SPECIAL FOCUS
Musical attractions in the south of Sweden
GRAY & DAVISON
How the organ builders became leaders in their field
A choral commission pays tribute to the great cellist
CHELSEA OLD CHURCH Could this new William Drake instrument for a west London church be a game changer for British organ building?
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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.
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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