The written word

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

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

The written word and photographic image

An integral part of the Archive and a repository of all and everything to do with recordings, choirs and church music, dating from 1840 to the present day.
The Library Collection comprises of books and all matters related to the written word, together with a photographic collection of major historical importance.
Research is also underway on BBC Choral Evensong broadcasts, Tractarian Choir Schools & London Church Choirs before WW2.

A Chronological survey of BBC Choral Evensong broadcasts
          

Read about the London Choir School & Savoy Chapel Choir in an
article written by myself for 'Once a  Chorister'
          
Cathedral and Collegiate
Organists
          

'May Morning on Magdalen Tower
by Holman Hunt.
​Who's Who on the painting
          

David King, chorister at the Savoy Chapel, featured on the cover of  'Picture Post'  December 1941

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

Background information on recordings

Another integral part of the Library Collection 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 these notes will eventually be produced into a book.  

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.