Radio broadcasts

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    Nigel Allcoat

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The Archive contains an extensive collection of  broadcasts, comprising of liturgical services, concerts, festivals, recitals, documentaries and dramas. 

The earliest radio broadcast in the Archive is dated 18 July 1937,  Vespers and Benediction from the Chapel Choir of St Edmund's College, Ware.

Those that have survived were recorded from the live broadcast onto special 78rpm Electrical Acetate Transcription discs.  Read about the importance of these by clicking here and scrolling down to the appropriate section.

You can listen to a selection of radio broadcasts on our YouTube music channel by clicking on the playlist to your left.
BBC Choral Evensong

The first broadcast of BBC Choral Evensong came from Westminster Abbey on 7 October 1926. 

The Archive has almost 2000 Choral Evensong broadcasts, the earliest being from Derby Cathedral in 1947.​​

To your right and below are the two playlists of BBC Choral Evensong broadcasts featured on our YouTube Music Channel with more being added each month.

Playlist 1  :  1948 - 1979

A  Chronological survey of BBC Choral Evensong broadcasts

Playlist 2  :  1980 onwards

To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Choral Evensong in 1996, the BBC produced this television broadcast introduced by Joanna Trollope and sung by the choir of York Minster.

Unfortunately, due to time constraints the anthem was not broadcast.

Radio documentary
It would be difficult to overstate the importance of the hundreds of documentaries which have been broadcast over the years.

These have feature individual choirs, choristers, Directors of Music, choir schools, composers and many other topics relating to church music.  
​​A small selection of radio documentaries are featured on our YouTube Music Channel which you can select from these playlists.

Exclusive to the website and not on YouTube
29 June 1997

Introduced by Brian Wright, who talks with Harry Bramma on his role as Director of the Royal School of Church Music and also about Parish Church choirs; the broadcast features St Barnabas, Dulwich and Chingford Parish Church

Broadcasting on radio  

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  1. New College, Oxford.  1942
    New College, Oxford. 1942
  2. Bradford Cathedral, 1975
    Bradford Cathedral, 1975
  3. St Woolo's Cathedral, 2005
    St Woolo's Cathedral, 2005
  4. Westminster Cathedral.  1931
    Westminster Cathedral. 1931
  5. St John's College, Cambridge.  2016
    St John's College, Cambridge. 2016
  6. Hereford Cathedral.  2016
    Hereford Cathedral. 2016
  7. BBC Forces Evensong, 1943
    BBC Forces Evensong, 1943