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13 ARTHUR WILLS
The former director of music at Ely Cathedral who had a ‘ferocious’ work ethic.
Their Young Composers Scheme makes the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain perfect partners for Choir & Organ’s New Music series 2021.
Two worlds of music, one magazine
METZLER MAGIC How the Swiss builders melded French and English flavours in a new organ for Basel
EARLY BIRD In an exclusive interview, Philippe Herreweghe shares his views on historically informed performance see page 24
CHOIR & ORGAN OFFERS New score of Grigny’s Premier livre d’orgue see page 33
FREE MUSIC DOWNLOAD in our New Music section see page 34
NEVER SAY DIE The enduring legacy of Josquin
BACH’S PASSACAGLIA Notes on performing the famous organ work
YOUNG COMPOSERS SCHEME How does an NYCGB project encourage new music?
BASEL STADTCASINO How to squeeze a quart into a pint pot? Orgelbau Metzler cracked the problem when they built a new organ for the Swiss cultural capital’s concert hall.
COVER PHOTOGRAPH © FRIEDEL AMMANN
24 PHILIPPE HERREWEGHE
Historically informed performance is as pertinent for Brahms as for Bach, says the Belgian conductor.
28 BACH AND THE TREMULANT: 2
The organs that Bach played, as well as writings of that time, have a bearing on its use.
Five hundred years after his death, the composer’s music can still ‘make time stand still’.
45 PERFORMANCE REVIEW
How a knowledge of Buxtehude can help you to play J.S. Bach’s Passacaglia in C minor.
51 VÄSTERÅS CATHEDRAL
Why is a cathedral in Sweden commissioning so much new music from British composers?
A rare Bevington chamber organ sits in the workshop of South Island Organ Company, NZ.
REGULARS 6 News | 11 Recital round-up | 31 Graeme Kay goes Freestyle | 33 Readers’ offers | 66 On release 34 NEW MUSIC FREE MUSIC
Amy Bryce’s I will tell them for upper voices. 37 SUPPLEMENT SUMMER SCHOOLS
AND SHORT COURSES Planning in hope for 2021. 61 CHORAL CLINIC
David Hill’s strategy for lockdown. 62 TRAVELLER’S JOY
A Scottish priest’s legacy in Lochgilphead. 67 REVIEWS
Five hundred years of Dutch organ music; Tilman Skowroneck plays Bach harpsichord works; Isabelle Demers shines in Chicago; Christopher Wright’s sacred choral music; Suzuki’s ‘peerless’ St John Passion; a new edition of Grigny; Cecilia McDowall’s Aleppo cantata; and the New Oxford Organ Method. 82 ENCOUNTERS
Choral promoter Griselda Sherlaw-Johnson.
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