Archive of Recorded Church Music

"Preserving a unique & priceless recorded heritage from choirs of gentlemen & boys singing in the English Cathedral tradition"

Advent Calendar
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This year's musical Christmas card
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A moment in time
Click for history and  recordings of St Andrew's
Sound recordings freeze musical moments in time and when played back allow us to understand, to experience, to be immersed in and to relive those precious moments.
Our cultural heritage
These precious recordings from 78s to CDs, from Anglican & Roman Catholic choirs, have been a neglected part of our cultural and musical heritage.  
Where it all began
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 a priceless recorded choral heritage, unique to this country, and which continues to the present day.

Preserved for future generations
The Archive's raison d'etre is to collect and preserve recordings from 1902 to the present day and in the fullness of time will be gifted to an educational institution.

Treasures of the Archive

​Although the Archive holds copies of almost all commerical recordings, some of the greatest treasures are from small independent labels or private 'one-off' recordings which often represent the only sound legacy of that choir.

The Archive also holds a significant collection of private and special pressings, test pressings, transcription discs and unissued recordings.  These, together with the commercial recordings, represent the extraordinary diversity of the Archive.

More than just recordings

The Archive holds a major collection of Radio & TV broadcasts, such as BBC Choral Evensongs, religious services, concerts and documentaries.

These broadcasts are of unparalleled historical importance, giving as they do a unique snapshot of the choir at that moment in time.

An extensive collection of commerical DVDs, together with film, radio and television based dramas, are also held in the Archive.

'A century of recorded English church music'
Join me in a journey through a century of recorded church music with this newly revised video presentation, written and narrated by myself.

Still using my original narration, the presentation has been completely re-designed with additional photographs and musical examples and rendered in High Definition for pin sharp clarity.

Designed for 'Full Screen' to gain the optimum viewing experience.

"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 myself away"   Comments by various viewers.

Can you help preserve this unique musical heritage?
​Please drop us an email should you have any recordings of interest, either to donate or briefly loan for digitization.

All formats are welcome: reel-to-reel & cassette tapes; mini-discs; LPs & CDs, together with VHS, Betamax and DVD.

We have the equipment to digitize all recording formats for preservation and archiving.

Private 'one-off' recordings, together with radio and TV broadcasts are of particular interest to the Archive.

.....finding the missing pieces!
Visit our Youtube channel......and listen to gems from the Archive
  1. Ripon Cathedral : Radio
    BBC Choral Evensong: 16 Jan 1984
  2. RSCM Cathedral Course, Capetown : LP
    held at St George''s Cathedral, 1976
  3. Guildford Cathedral
    Concert at St Peter's Brighton, 1977
  4. St George's Windsor : Radio
    BBC Choral Evensong: 21 Dec 1977
  5. Ripon Cathedral Choir School Radio
    Choristers talk about life at school, 1984
  6. Worcester Cathedral : TV
    Elgar 'Turn back O Man' 1984
  7. Ely Cathedral : Radio
    Plainsong Office Hymn, treble soloist William Jeremiah, 1958
  8. Ely Cathedral : TV
    'Jerusalem the Golden' 1989
  9. Worcester Cathedral : Radio
    Nares 'The souls of the righteous' : 1955
  10. Guildford Cathedral : Radio
    Compline : 1975
  11. St Paul's Cathedral
    'O taste and see' : 1977
  12. Abbey School Tewkesbury
    Goss 'O Saviour of the world' : 1992
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