Chapel Choir of the Royal Wanstead School Directed by Mr. Escombe
I waited for the Lord : Mendelssohn Solo trebles, John Benwell and Douglas Campbell
A John King privately pressed 78rpm record, c1950
Cathedral, Abbey, Priory and Minster Choirs
Royal Peculiar Choirs
Solo Chorister Albums
CATHEDRAL CHOIRS Recordings from Cathedral, Abbey, Priory and Minster
choirs. As one would expect, recordings from these choirs form the largest part of the collection and there are very
few of these choirs who have not made a recording. The collection contains recordings from 120
different Cathedral, Abbey, Priory and Minster choirs.
COLLEGIATE CHAPEL CHOIRS These are the Collegiate Chapel choirs of Oxford and Cambridge.
The collection contains
all known recordings from all the Oxbridge Collegiate Chapel Choirs
ROYAL PECULIAR CHOIRS A
Royal Peculiar is a church or chapel not under the jurisdiction of the Church of England but under the direct authority of
These are Westminster Abbey, St Margaret's Church Westminster, Temple Church, Chapels Royal
at St James's Palace & Hampton Court, Queen's Chapel of the Savoy and St George's Chapel Windsor Castle. The collection contains all known recordings from all the Royal Peculiar Choirs
CHURCH CHOIRS An
important part of the collection are Church choirs, past and present. At
the turn of the 20th century it's estimated there were a staggering 10,000 Church choirs of gentlemen and boys.
Today, approximately 43 remain. The
collection contains recordings from 230 different Church choirs.
CHAPEL CHOIRS A robed choir singing in
their School Chapel, whether open to the public or not. These choirs tend to be a forgotten part of the English Cathedral
tradition and the foundation of some School Chapel choirs are comparable in date with our ancient cathedrals.
Why are these Chapel choirs so outstanding? it is
because most of the boys are ex-cathedral choristers who move up to their Public Schools at 13 years old. These
fully trained and experienced Chorister join the Chapel choir as trebles, then moving to the back row once their voice
has broken. The collection contains
recordings from 135 different School Chapel choirs, of which 34 are Prep Schools
BOYS' SCHOOL CHOIRS A non-robed choir performing to a high standard from State or Public schools.
The collection contains only recordings from choirs whose repertoire is predominantly sacred. Many of these choirs robe-up
to sing in cathedrals during the holidays. The collection contains recordings from 106 different Boys'
School choirs, of which 21 are Prep Schools
MISCELLANEOUS CHOIRS These consists of Independent boys' choirs,
specialising in sacred music; Freelance robed church choirs; Festival choirs and the various choirs of the School of English
Church Music, later to become the Royal School of Church Music. The collection contains recordings
from 22 different Miscellaneous Choirs
TREBLE VOICE CHOIRS
A choir, robed or not, consisting of treble
voices and whose repertoire is predominantly sacred. The collection contains recordings from
55 different Treble Voice choirs.
A representative selection of foreign choirs singing
in the English Cathedral tradition, particularly from the USA and Commonwealth countries are a part of the Collection The collection contains recordings from 150 different foreign choirs
singing in the English Cathedral tradition.
SOLO CHORISTER ALBUMS
The collection seeks to preserve the unique sound of the English style solo chorister, singing both sacred
and secular music. Recordings of boys singing in the 'pop' idiom are not included in the collection.
Many choristers over the years
have recorded a Solo Recital Album, which the collection defines as singing solo in not less than 75% of the recording. The
collection contains recordings from over 135 individual choristers singing a Solo Recital Album
Choir of Taverham Hall Prep School directed by David Price
Ponder my Words O Lord
Privately Pressed LP : 1971
I am particulary
keen to trace 78 rpm records, together with Private Recordings on any format. These are the most difficult recordings
to track down and the ones in most danger of being lost or discarded.
for donation or briefly loaned for archiving onto CD, please do get in touch if you have any recordings which you think may
be of interest. Click for the Contact page