"Congratulations on this great work"
The recording of choirs, both great and small, has a long and illustrious history, stretching way back to 1902.
For in October of that year St Andrew's, Wells Street, London became the very first choir to issue a gramophone record.
This momentous occasion marked the beginning of over a hundred years of recording which continues to the present day.
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Listen to this 1902 recording
These recordings, from both Anglican & Roman Catholic choirs, are part of our cultural and musical heritage.
The raison d'etre of the Archive is to preserve them for future generations, from the very earliest to the latest new release.
In the fullness of time the Archive will be left to a musical or educational institution.
Some of the greatest treasures in the Archive are from small independent labels or private on-off recordings.
These private recordings were often made by the choirmaster or enthusiastic amatures armed with a tape recorder.
Enjoy this private recording from the final evensong of St Michael's College, Tenbury on 14 July 1985. Stanford's Magnificat in G with treble soloist, Tobias Edwards.