Choirs in the Archive

​​   "This is now a collection of unparalleled
    historical importance"
    Royal College of Organists blog

​​  "Thank you for all the wonderful service you do
    for all the aficionardos of church music"
    Peter Wright, Southwark Cathedral

The Archive contains recording from over 800 choirs
Click appropriate photo for a list of choirs in that category 


Abbey, Minster & Priory

Oxbridge Collegiate Chapels


Royal Peculiar

School Chapel

At the turn of the 20th century, there was a staggering 10,000 church choirs of men and boys; today about 33 remain and most church choirs in the Archive have ceased to exist.

These Royal Peculiar choirs are under the direct authority of the Crown and not church.  Open the list for all the Royal Peculiar choirs.

These choirs tend to be a forgotton part of the English Cathedral tradition and the Archive has recordings from Prep & Independent schools.

Independent & Festival choirs

Royal School of Church


Recordings from independent choir schools, freelance robed choirs, independent boys' choirs singing sacred music and festival choirs.

Recordings issued by the School of English Church Music, and the Royal School of Church Music.   Click photo for a complete list of all their recordings

Recordings from school choirs whose repertoire is predominantly sacred. Many of these choirs robe-up to undertake singing tours of cathedrals.

Boy Soprano Solos


Chorister Solo Albums

Apart from a few exceptions, Boy Sopranos recorded on 78rpm records, with or without their choir, and the Archive houses both commercial and private pressings of this genre.

Click photo for a complete list of every boy soprano and their recordings

Over the decades, many hundreds of choristers have recorded solo albums to showcase the voice, with or without their choir.  The Archive has most of these recordings, both commerical and private.

Click photo for a complete list of every choristers and their Solo Albums

The Archive contains a representative selection of recordings from Foreign choirs, particularly those from the USA, Canada, New Zealand & Australia.