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So, mu­si­cally, how was 2018 for you? This is­sue, Richard Mor­ri­son (p27) takes a look at his own stand­out mo­ments and per­for­mance high­lights from the past 12 months. On p38, how­ever, we’ve in­vited a clutch of renowned artists to share their hopes – and fears – for the year ahead, from per­sonal am­bi­tions to gen­eral con­cerns for the mu­sic world. It makes for fas­ci­nat­ing read­ing.

My 2018 high­light was back in June when I had the op­por­tu­nity to give recitals on the or­gans of Arn­stadt’s Neue Kirche and Mühlhausen’s Divi Blasii – Thuringian churches where the young JS Bach cut his teeth. Both mod­ern in­stru­ments are close in build and sound to the or­gans Bach would have played (the Arn­stadt or­gan still con­tains around 20 per cent of its orig­i­nal pipes) and, of course, both build­ings still res­onate with the same cen­turies-old acous­tic. I’m not sure what made me more ner­vous: per­form­ing in front of my knowl­edgable au­di­ence or fac­ing up to the ex­tra­or­di­nary his­tory of the in­stru­ments I was play­ing.

We’d love to hear what you’ve been up to in 2018 – whether it be venues you’ve vis­ited for the first time, pieces you’ve fallen in love with, mu­si­cians that have had you on the edge of your seat or, like me, in­stru­ments that have left you open-mouthed. Write to us at mu­[email protected] clas­si­cal-mu­sic.com and we’ll print the best next is­sue.

Oliver Condy Edi­tor

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