Treasures of the Archive

The Quadrangle of the Beauchamp Community

Treasures of the Archive

15th Anniversary Exhibition

Latest updates!

Organ Recital by Joshua Roebuck
​This now commences at 2.00pm
Recital programme now available, click here

Exhibition Venue
This is now in the Chaplain's House on the Quadrangle (minus the chaplain!) and not in the Theological Library
The move was due to some structural faults in the Library - however, the new location is far superior and has resulted in a much superior and spacious exhibition.... its an ill wind, as they say!

Opening hours for church and historic buildings
Due to the church being required for various rehearsals connected with the Exhibition, it will now be open to visitors  between 3.30 - 5.00pm

A unique opportunity to explore and listen to the treasure of the Archive, to journey down the milestones of recorded church music and to discover the stories behind the recordings

Rare and historic recordings   :   Archive photographs
Film & video   :   Printed & written archives
This Archive is proud to be an accredited sound collection of the National Archives and the British Library Sound Archives


Tuesday 25 - Saturday 29 September

2.00pm - 7.00pm ​   (opens 12noon on Saturday)
Free admission

Beauchamp Community & St Leonard's Church
Newland     Malvern     WR13 5AX  

Getting here

Rail and bus
There is an excellent rail service to Malvern or Malvern Link and a regular bus service to and from Worcester with a stop right outside the Beauchamp Community.   ​Please contact me if you need any advice on train or bus travel.

​Easily accessable by road : Click on the map to enlarge.

Please do not drive through the main gates into the Beauchamp Community (unless with a Blue Badge)   There is plenty of parking on the quiet road outside.

Entrance to 'Treasures of the Archive' exhibition
Enter through the main gates on foot (no cars) then through the tower entrance, turn left and you are there.   It will be clearly signposted.  We ask visitors to the exhibition to respect the privacy of the residents and not to walk around the grounds.

Entrance to St Leonard's church for Organ Recitals and the evening Talks
Through the main door of the church and not via the cloisters.


Tea, coffee and biscuits will be on sale during the Exhibition.  For those who require something more substantial, Morrision's supermarket cafe and Marks & Spencers cafe are just a few minutes walk, as is the local pub, the Swan Inn which serves excellent bar and restaurant meals.

Greggs the Bakers, again a very short walk and Morrision's sell a wide range of sandwiches and pasties.  You are welcome to have those with your tea and coffee.   

Lunch-time organ recitals in St Leonard's
on the fine 2 manual Nicholson

Joshua Roebuck
26 September
Please note, Josh's recital now starts at 2.00pm

Click for programme

Josh is currently studying for a BMus (Hons) at Birmingham Conservatoire Organ; he is also organist of Emmanuel Church, Wylde Green

Ashley Wagner
27 September

Click for programme
Ashley is studying for a degree in Organ performance at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and is also Organ Scholar at Worcester Cathedral.

Free admission  :  a retiring collection will be taken 
Refreshments available in the Great Hall after each recital

For future concerts, see

Distinguished guest speakers
St Leonard’s is the magnificent chapel of the
Beauchamp Community
and the venue for the talks which commence at 7.00pm

There will be a reception after each talk to meet the speaker

Colin Brownlee, founder of the Archive
A Century of Recorded Church Music
Tuesday 25
Colin Brownlee invites you to join him on an audio-visual journey as he tells the story of this unique and priceless
heritage using rare and historic  recordings, together with archive photographs

Dr Roy Massey, MBE
Three Hereford Organists
Wednesday 26
Roy Massey speaks about two of his distinguished predecessors, concluding with some reminiscences of his
own twenty-seven years in Hereford

Dr Barry Rose, OBE
Sounds Amazing!
Thursday 27
Barry Rose unearths some unique recordings from his extensive personal sound archive and talks about his life
as a cathedral musician and the BBC's producer of Choral Evensong

Timothy Day
The timeless sound of the cathedral choir: why is it always changing?
Friday 28
Timothy Day, whose book, 'I saw Eternity the other night: King’s College, Cambridge and an English singing tradition' 
is to be published in November, was for many years a music curator in the sound archive of the British Library
A retiring collection will be taken after each talkwith the proceeds going towards the continuing work of the Archive

To conclude the 'Treasure of the Archive' exhibition we are delighted to welcome

Worcester Cathedral Choir
intrim Director of Music, James Lancelot

to sing
Festal Choral Evensong

Sunday 30 September
at 4.00pm 

St Leonard's Chapel    Newland
The Chapel of the Beauchamp Community

The Archive is delighted that our 15th Anniversary Exhibition has been included in the
exhibitions listing of the 'Autumn in Malvern' Festival.

The two Festival events below, during the same week as the Anniversary Exhibition,
are not to be missed!

The Archive holds a large collection of private recordings from St Michael's College Tenbury
and the talk on Hugh Blair is being given here in the Great Hall of the Beauchamp Community 

Autumn in Malvern Festival

Saturday 22nd September 3p.m
Roger Judd  MVO

Roger was the last Master of Music at St Michael's College
Choir School  before it closed in 1985.

His talk, in St Michael's church, which includes musical
interludes played on the  Father Willis organ of 1873,
will describe the important
 influence that the college had on English cathedral music.

Tickets £8 unreserved

St Michael's Church Tenbury
Oldwood Common near Tenbury Wells
WR15 8HP

Sponsored by Cllr's. David Chambers, Phil Grove & Tony Penn  

Autumn in Malvern Festival


Saturday 29th September at
Kevin Allen

Kevin Allen offers a long overdue revaluation
of Hugh Blair, the dynamic, colourful and
controversial Worcester Cathedral organist.

 The illustrated talk is based on Kevin's forthcoming
 biography of Blair, who had a close association
 with Elgar and musical life in Worcester
at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century.

Tickets £8 unreserved
includes tea, coffee and biscuits

The Beauchamp Community
Newland Malvern
WR13 5AX

Sponsored by Dr Peter Mayner

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The magnificent St Leonard's, together with the other historic buildings will be
open daily between 3.30-5.00pm

"Could there be a more appropriate setting for the Archive of Recorded Church Music than the Beauchamp Community 
and the once famous Newland Choir School?    Whenever I visit, I can't think of one"
Tim Day,  researcher, author and one of our guest speakers

The Beauchamp Almshouses (now called the Beauchamp Community)  are considered by Pevsner to be the finest Victorian almshouses in England.

​The historic buildings, set around the Quadrangle, comprise of:   

The Almshouses
The Warden's Lodge (vicarage)
The Great Hall
Newland Theological Library

All Souls' Medieval Chapel
​Newland Choir School Exhibition
​St Leonard's Church

The elaborate frescoes which adorn the Grade 1 listed church were begun in 1864 and are rightly considered Clayton & Bell's masterpiece. 

Not a single surface is left without decoration.

However, it is the Newland Choir School which makes the Beauchamp Almshouses unique, no other almshouses in England had their own residential choir school where the choristers sang daily services in the church. 

The choir school was opened in 1864 and lasted up until 1945 and the choir was considered one of the finest in the area - frequently outdoing the Cathedral in local music competitions!

You can read more about the choir school on the church website , which I also maintain.

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