The definitive Discography & Collection of recordings from choirs of Gentlemen & Boys singing
in the English Cathedral tradition
live in a golden age of recordings where CDs are regularly issued by choirs, but what we tend to forget are the
vast amount of recordings made before the CD, with choirs turning out 1000s of LPs from the mid 1950s.
enterprising choirs were recording from the early 20th century on 78rpm records, with the first ever choir recording appearing
in 1902 from St. Andrews Church, Wells Street in London.
Nor does this take into account the many 1000s
of private recordings, made by enthusiast amateurs armed with a tape recorder, which represent some of the greatest gems
in the Collection
Preserving a Unique
and Priceless Heritage of Recorded Church Music
For a country so dedicated
to heritage, this is one part which had been almost ignored; never having been catalogued, preserved or gathered
together as a unified collection.
So in 2003 I decided to set up the 'National Archive of Recorded Church Music.' From
modest beginnings, the Archive now contains over 7000 recordings, together with an extensive Library & Photographic
In the fullness of time, this will be left to an educational or musical establishment.
the top and bottom of most pages on the website you can listen to a complete historic recording, accompanied by a contemporary
photo of that choir.
After pressing 'play' the music may take a few moments to start and by clicking
on the thumbnail photo you can enlarge to full size.
TO THE FIRST CHOIR EVER TO RECORD IN 1902
Choir of St Andrew's Church Wells Street
London directed by F. Docker
Christian Soldiers : Sullivan Single sided 78rpm Gramophone
Monarch Record : October 1902
passion for church music started as a young chorister, progressing to organ lessons then playing for evensong at 13 years
old. University to read music combined with organ scholar, during which time I founded a boys' choir at the
local church. My time is now devoted to the Collection and the researching of recordings and choirs.
donate £1 towards the work of the Collection The Discography,
Collection and Website are funded entirely by myself and your donation will be very much appreciated.