15th Anniversary Celebrations


The Archive is located in the stunning surroundings of the Beauchamp Community, home to the once famous Newland Choir School, 1864-1945, where the choristers sang daily services in St Leonard's Church.

For five days during September 2018  'Treasures of the Archive' celebrated our 15th Anniversary with an exhibition of rare & historic recordings, organ recitals, distinguished guest speakers and choral evensong sung by Worcester Cathedral choir.   ​​


Evening Talks on Church Music

Three outstanding talks by three distinguished church musicians
You can watch the video of each talk by clicking on the photo



      
     Dr Roy Massey, MBE
          'Three Hereford Organists'
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       Roy Massey speaks about two of his distinguished predecessors, concluding
       with some reminiscences of his  own twenty-seven years in Hereford 



     Timothy Day
         
   'The timeless sound of the cathedral choir: why is it always changing?'
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       Timothy Day, whose book, 'I saw Eternity the other night: King’s College,

       Cambridge and an English singing tradition' is to be published in November,
       was for many years a music curator in the sound archive of the British Library



   Dr Barry Rose,  OBE
         
'Sounds Amazing!'


      Dr Barry Rose unearths some unique recordings from his extensive personal
      sound archive and talks about his life as a cathedral musician and the BBC's producer
      of Choral Evensong.


'Treasures of the Archive' Exhibition
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At the heart of the celebrations was the exhibition of rare and historic recordings.  The Archive was fortunate to have use of the Chaplain's House, which was temporarily empty, in which to mount the exhibition.  This was the perfect location and allowed the displays to be spread over three rooms.
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Exhibition Room 1
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Exhibition Room 2
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Exhibition Room 3
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Worcester Choristers at the Exhibition
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The two Head Choristers with the first gramophone record made by a choir in 1902

Precentor, Assistant Director of Music and Organ Scholar


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Two outstanding organ recitals in St Leonard's church

Joshua Roebuck

Josh at the organ in St Leonard's 
and browing the Exhibition

Click for organ recital programme

​and biography



Ashley Wagner

Ashley & Barry Rose after the organ recital
​and Ashley at the console playing for Choral Evensong in St Leonard's


Click for organ recital programme
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     Choir of Worcester Cathedral 
          directed by Nicholas Freestone
          organ scholar, Ashley Wagner
          Canon Precentor,  The Revd Canon Dr Michael Brierley

To conclude the 15th Anniversary celebrations, the Archive was delighted to welcome the cathedral choir. who sang a magnificent Choral Evensong in a packed St Leonard's church.    

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Click on the Anniversary leaflet to open