Our Christmas cover star is JS Bach, who is the focus of a week-long festive celebration on BBC Radio 3. We guide you through this Spirit of Bach season, with complete listings and exclusive interviews, while Horatio Clare retraces Bach’s 250 mile walk from Arnstadt to Lübeck. Elsewhere in the issue, Clemency Burton-Hill interviews violinist André Rieu in his 15th-century castle in Maastricht, and Oz Clarke matches top tipples with music. Composer Toby Young introduces his beautiful carol The Owl, an exclusive commission written for you, the readers of BBC Music Magazine. Plus your free cover CD features a beautiful selection of contemporary festive choral music performed by The BBC Singers.


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Freya ParrDigital Editor and Staff Writer, BBC Music Magazine

Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.