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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 VOLUME 29 NUMBER 1 CONTENTS

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13 ARTHUR WILLS

OBITUARY

The former director of music at Ely Cathedral who had a ‘ferocious’ work ethic.

14 NYCGB

Their Young Composers Scheme makes the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain perfect partners for Choir & Organ’s New Music series 2021.

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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

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CHOIR & ORGAN OFFERS New score of Grigny’s Premier livre d’orgue see page 33

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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.

40 JOSQUIN

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?

55 SIOC

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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