Story of the labels : F-J

The record labels, commerical and private, who issued church music recordings
and in so doing, preserved this precious heritage​
This page will be regularly updated.  Click on any record label to enlarge

Gramophone Company

see   'The Gramophone Company'

Great Scott Records
78rpm records

Great Scott records was set up by John Drummond (the 15th Baron Strange) at his home at Megginch Castle, Perthshire, Scotland in late 1933.

Drummond purchased the recording equipment from Edison Bell Ltd, which was being wound up at the time. The equipment was of a high quality, having been designed by Edison Bell's pioneering engineer, P.G.A.H. Voigt.

Between 1933 and late 1935, the company made a number of recordings, both commercial and private , mainly of local artists and of Scottish music. Even the solid-stock commercial issues were pressed in small quantities and are very scarce these days.

The only apposite recording to have been discovered on the Great Scott label is Fraser White, a chorister at St Ninian's Cathedral, Perth, singing two solos (without the choir)

Catalogue number A225-226  :  recorded 1934
A copy of this recording has yet to be found and the photograph of the label is not from this recording but is posted to show the style of the label

Side 1:  Mendelssohn, O for the wings of a dove
Side 2:  Handel, How beautiful are the feet

His Master's Voice

His Master’s Voice (HMV) is the legendary label created in 1901 by The Gramophone Co. Ltd., which was founded in 1897 in the UK by the US businessman William Barry Owen.

In 1899 the painter Francis Barraud sold, for £100, the rights to the portrait of his dog ‘Nipper’ listening to the gramophone. The first records with the dog logo were released in 1909.

The Archive holds copies of all HMV 78s, LPs and CDs, together with their 'Special Record' and Test Pressings.

Imperial Records

The Crystalate Gramophone Company produced Imperial records from 1922 until 1934 and also issued on the Popular, Crown, Eclipse and Rex labels.

The Archive has gramophone records on the Imperial label from St James Muswell Hill in the early 1930s and from Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford in 1929 making this the first ever recording of Christ Church.

In 1937 Decca took over Crystalate.

John King
78rpm & LP records

An independent record company based in Brighton of which little else is known.    The company produced privately pressed solid-stock shellac records, either recorded at their own studio or from a choirs own reel-to-reel tape and appeared to speicalise in public school chapel choirs. 

The company survived the changeover from 78s to LP (many did not) and produced privately pressed LPs from the customers on reel-to-reel tapes, again mainly of school chapel choirs but also of church and cathedral choirs.

The Archive has numerous John King 78rpm and LP recordings and the quality of recording and pressing is always very good.

Click gramophone record and play the John King label of the Royal Wanstead School Chapel choir in 1948.