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      "Your Archive of Recorded Church Music is a                            tremendous achivement.  Many congratulations!" 
       Christopher Robinson   

   
   "A wonderful project.  Thank you for this"
    Andrew Nethsingha

In-depth look at
the Archive   

Why do we need an Archive of Recorded Church Music?  Well..in this short talk I hope to answer that question and to show why this priceless cultural and musical heritage must be preserved at all costs. 

For a country so obsessed with its heritage, this is one area which has been woefully neglected.  Yet our tradition of cathedral choirs, together with other robed choir, is one of the great glories of our culture and the envy of the world over.

Now, despite the first choir recording in 1902, there has never been discography of these recordings and much less, any attempt to put together a comprehensive collection.  So, with a lifetimes passion for church music, I decided this sorry state of affairs had to be put right!   ​​
​​First ever recording
St Andrew's Wells Street
​1902
  
With very little to go on and with many choirs themselves not even knowing what they had recorded, the painstaking business of researching and collecting began in earnest fifteen years ago and now the Archive is now acknowledged to be the definitive collection with acquisitions constantly being added as more treasures are unearthed.
The Archive seeks to preserve these recording for future generations from the very first gramophone record in 1902 to the latest new releases.  The raison de etre of the Archive are recordings ‘from choirs of gentlemen and boys singing in the English Cathedral tradition’ both Anglican and Roman Catholic and from Cathedrals, Abbeys, Minsters & Priories, Church Choirs, Royal Peculiars (such as the Chapel Royal) Oxbridge chapel choirs, School chapel choirs and independent choirs both in this country and abroad.
  
Click to see all the different types of choirs
​in the Archive

Section 2  - Labels large and small
with musical examples required below

Recording from a major label

Independent label

Photograph cylinder 
Arthur Sullivan

Section 3 - in house
with musical examples required below

Leicester Cathedral
Worcester College, Oxford

Section 4  -  test pressing
with musical examples required below

St George's Chapel, WIndsor

Section 5  -  private recording
with musical examples required below

All Saints Margaret Street

Section 6  -  composer conducts
with musical examples required below

Vann conducts Vann
Walford Davies conducts Walford Davies
Wills conducts Wills

Section 7  -  Performance speed as indicated by composer
with musical examples required below

Magdalen College, Bernard Rose
Stanford's Magnificat in C

Section 8  -  Sound of the choir
with musical examples required below

St Nicolas College, Chistlehurst
Handel's O lovely peace

Section 9  -  Genre's of church music
with musical examples required below

Secular : 'The Turtle Dove' arr Vaughan Williams
Guildford Cathedral

Section 10  - Anglican Chant
with musical examples required below

Christ Church Cathedral Oxford under 
​Preston

Blackburn under Bertalot

Temple Church under Thalben-Ball

St Bart's Belfast under Lee

Section 11  - Church choir
with musical examples required below

Section 12  - School chapel choir
with musical examples required below

Bramdean School
BBC Choral Evensong : Psalm ....

Section 13  - Broadcasts
with musical examples required below

Section 14  - BBC Choral Evensong
with musical examples required below