ARCHIVE OF RECORDED
CHURCH MUSIC
'Preserving a unique & priceless heritage of recordings from traditional choirs 
​singing in the English cathedral tradition from 1902 to the present day'
"Congratulations on this great work"
  Roy Massey   

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.
Click for history & more recordings
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.
The Archive also houses a large collection of Radio and TV broadcasts; such as BBC Choral Evensongs, Services, Concerts and Documentaries.

An extensive collection of commerial DVDs, together with Film, Radio & TV based dramas, are also held  in the Archive.

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Should you have an hour to spare, please join me on a journey through a century of recorded church music.

​This video presentation contains many rare and private recordings which are matched with archive photographs, to gether with my spoken commentary. 
What other have said about my presentation:  '"A masterpiece ..... a triumph ....totally engrossing ....a tour de force ....the most enjoyable hour I have spend in a very long time ....I could barely tear myelf away"

Can you help preserve our recorded heritage?

Please do get in touch if you have any recordings of interest, either to donate or loan briefly for digitzing.

Whatever the format, whether 78s; reel-to-reel or cassette tapes; mini-discs; LPs and CDs, together with VHS & Betamax video and DVDs, I have the facilities to play and digitze.  Private recordings in all formats together with radio & TV broadcasts are of particular interest.  

Listen to the choirs!

Give me a shout!

I'm delighted to announce that in collaboration with Barry Rose's Guildford Cathedral  'Archive of Sound' the collection now has it's  own YouTube music channel.

Watch the introductory video or click on the logo and start enjoying some of the finest recordings from the Archive.  



Please contact me on any aspect of the Archive, Website, YouTube channel or church music recordings in general.

Visitors are most welcome to the Archive In Great Malvern either for listening, research or just a browse. Click here for details and more photos.