"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  

The written word and printed image

The Library and Photographic Collection is an integral part of the Archive of Recorded Church Music 
A repository of all and everything to do with recordings, choirs and church music, dating from 1840 to the present day.
Books, magazines & pamphlets, newspaper articles, orders of service, reminiscences, in fact, anything to do with the written word.
Research is also underway on BBC Choral Evensong broadcasts, Tractarian Choir Schools & London Church Choirs before WW2.
                       
'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.

The Recording Notes

Another integral part of the Library Archives 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 the notes ensure these will kept for posterity;  in due course all this information will be published on line.    

      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.
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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.