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Radio & TV Broadcasts

Radio broadcasts
The Archive contains a vast treasure house of broadcasts featuring liturgical services, concerts, festivals and recitals of sacred music.

The earliest radio broadcast in the Archive is from 29 January 1939 with St Nicolas College, Chislehurst, directed by Sir Sydney Nicholson, singing an evening service.

You can listen to this and many others radio broadcasts on our Youtube music channel to your left.
BBC Choral Evensong

BBC Choral Evensong is the longest running outside broadcast in history, when, on 7 October 1926 the first service came from Westminster Abbey.     

The Archive has over 1500 broadcasts with the earliest being from Blackburn Cathedral in 1948.​​

To your right and below are the two playlists of BBC Choral Evensong broadcasts featured on our Youtube Music Channel with more being added each month.

Playlist 1  :  1948 - 1979

      BBC Choral Evensong : 1926 - 2000

      A survey of the broadcast choirs
      compiled by myself.
       BBC Choral Evensong
       broadcasts in the Archive                      

Playlist 2  :  1980 onwards

To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Choral Evensong in 1996, the BBC produced this television broadcast introduced by Joanna Trollope and sung by the choir of York Minster. Unfortunately, due to time constraints the anthem was not broadcast.

Radio & Television documentaries
It would be difficult to overstate the importance of the hundreds of documentary which have been broadcast over the years.

These have feature individual choirs, choristers, Directors of Music, choir schools, composers and many other topics relating to church music.

A small selection of radio & TV documentaries are featured on our Youtube Music Channel which you can select from these playlists.

Two documentaries exclusive to the website
New College Choir, Oxford​
BBC TV : 1 January 1995

To mark Purcell's Tercentary, Nicholas Kenyon investigates the achievements of one of our greatest composers.  Featuring Michael Chance, David Thomas, Mark Padmore, Sir Michael Tippett & Professor Curtis Price.

BBC Radio : 29 June 1997

Introduced by Brian Wright, who talks with Harry Bramma on his role as Director of the Royal School of Church Music and also about Parish Church choirs; the broadcast features St Barnabas, Dulwich and Chingford Parish Church

Broadcasting on radio and television    

Click on a photo to open the slide-show

  1. King's College, Cambridge, 1964
    King's College, Cambridge, 1964
  2. King's College, Cambridge.  2014
    King's College, Cambridge. 2014
  3. New College, Oxford.  1942
    New College, Oxford. 1942
  4. Hereford Cathedral.  1986
    Hereford Cathedral. 1986
  5. York Minster, 1965
    York Minster, 1965
  6. King's College, Cambridge.  2015
    King's College, Cambridge. 2015
  7. King's College, Cambridge. 2015
    King's College, Cambridge. 2015
  8. King's College, Cambridge.  2015
    King's College, Cambridge. 2015
  9. St Peter's, Wolverhampton.  1968
    St Peter's, Wolverhampton. 1968
  10. Choristers of Addington Palace Chapel, Croydon, 1958
    Choristers of Addington Palace Chapel, Croydon, 1958
  11. Bradford Cathedral, 1975
    Bradford Cathedral, 1975
  12. Choristers of Addington Palace Chapel, Croydon, 1958
    Choristers of Addington Palace Chapel, Croydon, 1958
  13. Peterborough Cathedral, 1984
    Peterborough Cathedral, 1984
  14. St Woolo's Cathedral, 2005
    St Woolo's Cathedral, 2005
  15. Chapel Royal, London.  1953
    Chapel Royal, London. 1953
  16. Exeter Cathedral, 1980
    Exeter Cathedral, 1980
  17. King's College, Cambridge. 2015
    King's College, Cambridge. 2015
  18. Coventry Cathedral. 1990
    Coventry Cathedral. 1990
  19. Westminster Cathedral.  1931
    Westminster Cathedral. 1931
  20. St John's College, Cambridge.  2016
    St John's College, Cambridge. 2016
  21. Hereford Cathedral.  2016
    Hereford Cathedral. 2016
Television broadcasts
The 1950s
The first recordings

The first broadcast quality video recorders were introduced in 1956, although very little has survived from those early days.

However, the Archive does have one exceptionally rare TV documentary from the Temple Church in 1958.​​
The first ever broadcast of the 1954 Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's was produced on 16mm film hence its survival.
Sunday Special'  George Thalben Ball rehearsing the Temple Church choir is the first video tape to have survived.
29 June 1958

The 1960s
Professional recordings by the TV studios
​​Songs of Praise'
from Guildford Cathedral,
directed by Barry Rose
​23 February 1967
​​High Mass sung by the Chapel Choir
of Ushaw College Chapel, Durham

The 1970s
Home video recorders
A new era dawned in the preservation of TV broadcasts when home video recorders reached the mass market in the mid 1970s.

People could now record whatever they wished in their own homes.

Choristers of St Paul's Cathedral
Sullivan's 'When a merry maiden'  
Paul Phoenix, solo treble.
​​'A Worcestershire Carol'
St Michael's College, Tenbury

The 1980s to the present day
The golden age of recordings
1985  :  Stephen Bird
Chorister at St Peter's Church, Fleetwood
Winner of 'Opportunity Knocks'

1997 : St John's College, Cambridge
directed by Christopher Robinson
Mendelssohn,  'Richte mich, Gott'
The majority of the Archive's collection of TV broadcasts are from the 1980s up to the present day when the video recorder was as essential as the TV.

2009 :  Truro Cathedral Choir, directed by Christopher Gray 'Soul of my saviour'
2016 :  King's College
directed by Stephen Cleobury
'Easter from King's  (hd)​