The written word

​​  "This is a really wonderful facility.  I congratulate you"
    Peter Phillips

​​   "Many, many congratulations.  You have done the world of
    cathedral music a huge service"
    Jane Capon, Choir Schools Association

​​Carlisle Cathedral  Chorister School,  1904​​

The written word and photographic image

An integral part of the Archive and a repository of all and everything to do with recordings, choirs and church music, dating from 1840 to the present day.
The Library Collection comprises of books and all matters related to the written word, together with a photographic collection of major historical importance.
Research is also underway on BBC Choral Evensong broadcasts, Tractarian Choir Schools & London Church Choirs before WW2.

Opening up the Library Collection

The mammoth task of digitizing over 2000 paper documents, many 100s of magazines, newpaper cuttings and manuscripts, in fact, anything to do with the written word was completed in February 2019.

We are delighted to share these fascinating historical acquisions from the Library Collection on a weekly basis and I do hope you enjoy this new feature of the website.  Click on the ikon to view or download.   Viewing on-line is greatly enhanced by using 'Full-Screen' mode.

Quinten Poole 
Christmas at King's


'Picture Post' 
SECM Cathedral Course 
at Durham, 1944

St Nicolas College Chislehurst, 1926
Choir School Prospectus

Ruff Impressions!

Savoy Chapel Choir

Chelmsford Choristers'
Festival, 1954
Look and weep for a lost age!

Chronological list of BBC Choral 
Evensong broadcasts from 1926
My article on London Choir School
and Savoy Chapel Choir
May Morning on Magdalen Tower
by Holman Hung
Cathedral & Collegiate
Organist and Choirmaster

David King, chorister at the Savoy Chapel, featured on the cover of  'Picture Post'  December 1941

1840 : 'Illustrated London News' Magdalen College Oxford

Background information on recordings

Another integral part of the Library Collection are the 'Recording Notes' written and compiled by myself. The notes are a combination of historical information, anecdotes, correspondence and back-stories to individual recordings in the Archive.

So many of the recordings have fascinating stories behind them and these notes will eventually be produced into a book.  

Sample page of
'Recording Notes'

Read this fascinating article in defense of boys' choirs

Articles about the Archive
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Royal College of Organists blog
by Morwenna Brett