"Congratulations on this great work"
     Roy Massey

'Preserving a unique & priceless heritage of recordings
from traditional choirs
​singing in the English cathedral tradition
from 1902 to the present day'
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 the first ever recording in  1902

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.

From 1902 to the present day

The Archive contains recordings on every type of format, from companies great and small.

Some of the greatest treasures in the Archive are from small independent labels or private one-off recordings.  

These private recordings were often made by the choirmaster or enthusiastic amature armed with a tape recorder.
Private recording from final evensong of St Michael's College, Tenbury on 14 july 1985. Stanford's Magnificat in G with treble soloist, Tobias Edwards.

A tribute to Bernard Rose
& Douglas Guest

both born 100 years' ago

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

An extensive collection of commercial DVDs, together with Film, TV and Radio choir based dramas, are also held in the Archive.
If you have an hour to spare, why not 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, together with my spoken commentary. 

'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 this recorded heritage?

Please help to preserve this unique and priceless heritage by getting in touch regarding recordings you think may be of interest.  

Whatever the format, whether 78s; reel-to-reel or cassette tapes; mini-discs; LPs and CDs, together with VHS & Betamax video and DVDs, we have the facilities to play and digitze.

Private recordings in all formats together with radio & TV broadcasts are of particular interest.

Recordings may be donated or loaned briefly for digitizing. 

Listen to the choirs!

We are delighted to announce that in collaboration with Barry Rose's Guildford Cathedral  'Archive of Sound' we now have our own YouTube music channel.

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

Thank you to the 'Archive of Sound' for making this possible.

Give us a shout!

We would love to hear from you on any apect of the Archive, Website, YouTube channel or church music recordings in general.

You can either chat live when I'm online;   click here to send an email or why not leave a comment in the Guestbook.

You are very welcome to visit the Archive, located in Malvern, either for listening, research or just a browse.    Click here for details and more photos.