"Many, many congratulations.  You have done the  choral world a huge service"
Jane Capon
Information Officer of the Choir Schools Association.

 "This is a really wonderful facility, I congratulate you"
 Peter Phillips  

Library Collection

The written word and photographic image

An integral part of the Archive and a repository of all and everything to do with recordings, choirs and church music, dating from 1840 to the present day.
The Library Collection comprises of books and all matters related to the written word, together with a photographic collection of major historical importance.
Research is also underway on BBC Choral Evensong broadcasts, Tractarian Choir Schools & London Church Choirs before WW2.
    'May Morning on Magdalen        Tower'
     by Holman Hunt

     Who's Who on the Painting
'Once a Chorister' article on
 the London Choir School &              Savoy Chapel Choir


David King, chorister at the Savoy Chapel, featured on the cover of  'Picture Post'  December 1941

1840 : 'Illustrated London News' Magdalen College Oxford.  The oldest document in the Archive.

Background information on recordings

Another integral part of the Library Collection are the 'Recording Notes' written and compiled by myself. The notes are a combination of historical information, anecdotes, correspondence and back-stories to individual recordings  in the Archive.

So many of the recordings have fascinating stories behind them and these notes will eventually be produced into a book.  

      Sample of a page from the
     'Recording Notes'

Tractarian Choir Schools

Most will have heard of St Michael's Tenbury or All Saints' Margaret Street choir schools, but how many know of Clumber Park, Newland or the London Choir School?

Probably not many, yet these, together with over thirty nine other choir schools all had one thing in common,  they were formed as a direct result of the Oxford Movement to ensure the highest standard of music in Tractarian worship.

Click to read & listen to some of the choirs
Not in cathedrals, but in churches, chapels, private aristocratic households or independent of any establishment, they are an almost forgotton part of English church music, yet their influence and reforming zeal is incalculable.  

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II


The Coronation Choir consisted of Westminster Abbey choir, augmented by men & boys from other choirs throughout the UK, totalling  348 singers in all.    Download the PDF for a complete list of all the men & boys and from whence they came!