This issue takes a step back in time to another desperate era in the world of organs and music: the Commonwealth. Musicians being musicians still survived and Dominic Gwynn takes an anecdotal look at how this happened, particularly in Worcester. Gerald Gilford takes a more scholarly approach and introduces the range of material stored in the Founder’s Collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and Martin Souter introduces three English pieces from the extended period in his Ibu Can Play This article. As February sees the Mendelssohn centenary, Peter Dyke and Hilary Norris discuss the similarities between the Mendelssohn Six Sonatas and the Bach Clavierübung III.
Also, Stephen Cleobury has supplied two articles. Although by now Christmas is already a dim and distant memory, the first is about the history and preparation of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and the second about how to plan an interesting organ recital — useful information yet rarely taught.
Returning to this issue’s subject, the centre-page spread is of the
gloriously Baroque chapel at Great Witley, an early instrument from this
period.The cover shot, taken by Mike Gutteridge, is of Derby Cathedral,
quasi-classical in its design.