"Thank you for your invaluable contribution to archiving and    protecting our national cultural  choral heritage"
Steven Russell,  conductor & singing teacher 

"All good wishes on your project"
 Arthur Wills

Choirs in the Archive

The Archive contains recordings from every type of robed choir

Cathedral

Abbey, Minster & Priory

Collegiate

Recordings from every UK cathedral

Many of these choir are defunct

Oxford & Cambridge chapel choirs

School Chapel

School

Church

At the turn of the 20th century, there was a staggering 10,000 church choirs of men and boys; today about 40 remain and most church choirs in the Archive have ceased to exist.

These choirs tend to be a forgotton part of the English Cathedral tradition and the Archive has recordings from Prep & Independent schools.

Recordings from school choirs whose repertoire is predominantly sacred. Many of these choirs robe-up to undertake singing tours of cathedrals.

Royal Peculiar

RSCM & SECM

Independent

These Royal Peculiar choirs are under the direct authority of the Crown and not church.  St Margaret's Westminster and the Abbey; Chapels Royal St James & Hampton Court Palaces; Savoy Chapel, Temple Church & St George's Chapel Windsor 

Recordings from choir schools, such as Tenbury, London Choir School, St Mary-of-the-Angels; freelance robed choirs; independent boys' choirs singing sacred music and festival choirs.

Recordings issued by the School of English Church Music, St Nicolas College Chislehurst and the Royal School of Church Music, together with Festival, Choir and Cathedral course recordings.

Foreign

Boy Soprano solos

Chorister solos

The Archive contains a representative selection of recordings from Foreign choirs, particularly those from the USA, Canada, New Zealand & Australia.

Over the decades, many hundreds of choristers have recorded solo albums to showcase the voice, with or without their choir.  The Archive has a vast collection of these recordings, both commerical and private pressings.

Apart from a few exceptions, Boy Sopranos recorded on 78rpm records, with or without their choir, and the Archive houses both commercial and private pressings of this genre.