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

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

Library Archives

A tribute to Bernard Rose
& Douglas Guest
​both born 1916

Click for tribute
        Read my article about                 the London Choir School             & Savoy Chapel Choir in 
       'Once a Chorister'
       Cathedral & Collegiate              Organists to the
       present day
          'May Morning on                          Magdalen Tower'
           by Holman Hunt

The written word and printed image

The Library Archive works in conjunction with the recordings and is a repository of all and everything to do with recordings, choirs and church music, dating from 1840 to the present day.

Books, magazines, newspaper articles, documents, reminiscences; the list just goes on and on.  Another feature is research which is currently underway on BBC Choral Evensong broadcasts and  Tractarian Choir Schools.

A major part of the Library Archive is the Photographic Collection  consisting of over 6000 images with the earliest dating from 1860.   

Click on both photos to view full size

1840 : 'Illustrated London News' Magdalen College Oxford.  The oldest document in the Archive.

1860 : St Michael's College, Tenbury, the oldest photo in the collection .

The Recording Notes

Another integral part of the Library Archives 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 the notes ensure these will kept for posterity;  in due course all this information will be published on line.    

      Sample of a page from the
     'Recording Notes'

Tractarian Choir Schools

Most will have heard of St Michael's Tenbury or All Saints' Margaret Street choir schools, but how many know of Clumber Park, Newland or the London Choir School?

Probably not many, yet these, together with over thirty nine other choir schools all had one thing in common,  they were formed as a direct result of the Oxford Movement to ensure the highest standard of music in Tractarian worship.
Click to read & listen to some of the choirs
Not in cathedrals, but in churches, chapels, private aristocratic households or independent of any establishment, they are an almost forgotton part of English church music, yet their influence and reforming zeal is incalculable.