CONTRACT BRIDGE: Jonathan Ambrosino concludes his series on the process of commissioning a new organ.
CHRISTMAS CAROLS ‘Tis the season to be jolly’ – what were the origins of the Christmas carol, and how has it found such a firm and favourite place in our national psyche? COVER PHOTOGRAPH WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL, REPRODUCED BY KIND PERMISSION OF THE CHAPTER OF WINCHESTER
GALLERY The phoenix rises from the ashes of Allied bombing: Flentrop Orgelbouw’s long-awaited organ for St Catherine’s, Hamburg, meticulously reconstructs the instrument that Bach once played during a visit to the church.
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS The music department of the publishing house of Britain’s oldest university has seen some of the biggest names in the British 20th-century composing world walk through its doors during its 90-year history.
ROYAL COLLEGE OF ORGANISTS It is the principal UK body committed to promoting the organ and to championing excellence in performance. How does the RCO live up to its founding precepts, and where does it go from here?
FROM THE ARCHIVE The ‘supreme carollist’ Peter Warlock, and Felix Aprahamian’s quirky reminiscences of Messiaen and Poulenc.
POLISH CHORAL MUSIC: 2 As the country opened up politically, its composers were exposed to western influences; how did they respond?
CANDÉ The French château with a newly restored Skinner organ that played for the wedding of Edward and Mrs Simpson.
ECHO FESTIVALS The historic organs of Innsbruck include one of the oldest functioning instruments in the world.
ST ANDREWS In the University’s 600th anniversary, its music is experiencing a renaissance.
REGULARS News | Graeme Kay goes Freestyle | Readers’ offers | Jeremy Filsell is Stateside | Recital round-up
NEW MUSIC Our partnership with the BBC Singers concludes with Anne-Marie O’Farrell’s Skimming Stones for SATB (div).
RAISING STANDARDS Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols is the essence of Englishness, writes David Hill.
CONFERENCE REPORT The Association of British Choral Directors’ annual convention.
COMPETITION REPORT The Northern Ireland International Organ Competition in Armagh.
REVIEWS The BBC Singers’ ‘worthy tribute’ to Edward Cowie, the premiere of David Goode’s Blitz Requiem, Franck from Saint-Sulpice, Mushel’s organ works from Leeds, comparing Reger, unknown Italian repertoire on Tactus, Leonhard Lechner’s ‘glorious polyphony’, 5-star Łukaszewski from Poland, essays on Bach’s organ works, and our Christmas CDs round-up.
CASE STUDY The distinctive organ in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles.