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Christopher Robinson 


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Andrew Nethsingha 

1902 - 2017  

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Updated  November 2016
​​Updated  February 2017
Updated  November 2016
75% of the tracks sung by a solo chorister

Recordings in the Archive

As you would expect from an Archive stretching over a 100 years, we have recordings on every format:  78rpm & Vinyl records; Reel-to-reel tapes & Cassettes;  ​Mini discs & CDs; VHS/Betamax videos & DVDs.
Every category of recording, on every format, is held in the Archive, from international labels through to the rarest of private recordings - here is an explaination of these different categories of recordings;

January 24, 2014

International labels
Private pressings
Issued for worldwide sale by a major international label, such as EMI, HMV, Decca, Harmonia Mundi, Warner and Argo.

The Archive has recordings from defunct and current labels and continues to add the latest new releases to the collection.  
Some of the rarest recordings in the Archive, as only a limited number of copies would be pressed and in some instances, just one or two.  
Test Pressings
Major Independent labels
A test pressing of 5 or 6 copies allowed an evaluation of the recording by the record company and the Director of Music to be either be put into production or rejected.     
Issued mainly for UK sale from labels, current and defunct,  who specialise in church and organ music recordings such as Priory, Regent, Herald, Lammas and Abbey.
BBC Transcription disc
Small Independent labels
These were produced from the 1930s onwards for overseas radio stations and were recorded directly onto 78s or LPs from the on-air BBC broadcast.   

About 100 copies of each disc were pressed with instructions to destroy after broadcasing.  Fortunately, many were not and the Archive has a substantial collection of these historical gems - such as the only recording of Worcester Cathedral under Willcocks.   
Over the decades, there have been many hundreds of small labels, often a one-man-band,  who produced choir recordings mainly for sale in the local area. 

Many of these labels, such as Sound News, offered the facility to press copies of 78s and LPs from the choirs own reel-to-reel tapes.
'One-off' private recordings
Over the years, many commerical videos and DVDs have been issued of services, concerts, choral works, documentaries and TV & film dramas.
Recorded either by the choirmaster or an enthusiastic amateur these recordings are often the only recording of a particular choir or a solo chorister.   

​They represent some of the greatest gems in the Archive and are historically priceless and irreplacable.  

Making a recording

  1. King's College : 2012
    Rutter, 'All the bells'
  2. Winchester : 1989
    'Byrd Three Masses' LP
  3. St John's College : 2016
    Jonathan Harvey 'Deo' CD
  4. New College : 2016
    'The Gate of Heaven' CD

Choirs making a recording     (click to open slideshow)   

  1. Salisbury Cathedral.  1957
    Salisbury Cathedral. 1957
  2. King's College, Cambridge. 2013
    King's College, Cambridge. 2013
  3. King's College, Cambridge, 2013
    King's College, Cambridge, 2013
  4. King's College, Cambridge, 2013
    King's College, Cambridge, 2013
  5. Hereford Cathedral, 1927
    Hereford Cathedral, 1927
  6. Portsmouth Cathedral, 1983
    Portsmouth Cathedral, 1983
  7. St John's College, Cambridge, 1927
    St John's College, Cambridge, 1927
  8. Holy Trinity, Barkingside.  1969
    Holy Trinity, Barkingside. 1969
  9. St John's College, Cambridge.  1964
    St John's College, Cambridge. 1964
  10. Portsmouth Cathedral, 1973
    Portsmouth Cathedral, 1973
  11. Portsmouth Cathedral. 1999
    Portsmouth Cathedral. 1999