King's College Cambridge : 2016

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Television broadcasts

Documentaries
It would be difficult to overstate the importance of the hundreds of television 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 television documentaries are featured on our Youtube Music Channel which you can select from these playlists.

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A TV documentary exclusive to the website
'PURCELL - THE ENGLISH ORPHEUS'
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.

Broadcasting on 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. Hereford Cathedral.  1986
    Hereford Cathedral. 1986
  4. York Minster, 1965
    York Minster, 1965
  5. King's College, Cambridge.  2015
    King's College, Cambridge. 2015
  6. King's College, Cambridge. 2015
    King's College, Cambridge. 2015
  7. King's College, Cambridge.  2015
    King's College, Cambridge. 2015
  8. St Peter's, Wolverhampton.  1968
    St Peter's, Wolverhampton. 1968
  9. Choristers of Addington Palace Chapel, Croydon, 1958
    Choristers of Addington Palace Chapel, Croydon, 1958
  10. Choristers of Addington Palace Chapel, Croydon, 1958
    Choristers of Addington Palace Chapel, Croydon, 1958
  11. Peterborough Cathedral, 1984
    Peterborough Cathedral, 1984
  12. Chapel Royal, London.  1953
    Chapel Royal, London. 1953
  13. Exeter Cathedral, 1980
    Exeter Cathedral, 1980
  14. King's College, Cambridge. 2015
    King's College, Cambridge. 2015
  15. Coventry Cathedral. 1990
    Coventry Cathedral. 1990
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.  This is the first video tape to have survived, from 29 June 1958.
The 1960s
Professional recordings by the TV studios
​'Songs of Praise'
Guildford Cathedral Choir
directed by Barry Rose
​23 February 1967
'Solemn High Mass'
Chapel Choir of Ushaw College, Durham
Directed by Fr Lawrence Hollis
1960


The 1970s
Home video recorders
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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.

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Choristers of St Paul's Cathedral
Sullivan's 'When a merry maiden'  
Paul Phoenix, solo treble.  1978.
1978
​​'A Worcestershire Carol'
St Michael's College, Tenbury
1978

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The 1980s to the present day
The golden age of recordings
1985 : Stephen Bird
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. 
2009 : Truro Cathedral Choir, directed by Christopher Gray
'Soul of my saviour'
2015 : King's College
directed by Stephen Cleobury
Adam's 'O Holy Night'

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