Treasures of the Archive

The Quadrangle of the Beauchamp Community


Treasures of the Archive

15th Anniversary Exhibition

Tuesday 25 - Saturday 29 September

2.00pm - 7.00pm
12 noon opening on Saturday

Newland Theological Library​​ & St Leonard's Chapel      
​at the Beauchamp Community
Newland     Malvern     WR13 5AX  

Free admission  :  Refreshments on sale

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A unique opportunity to explore and listen to the treasure of the Archive, to journey down the milestones of recorded church music and to discover the stories behind the recordings

Rare and historic recordings   :   Archive photographs
Film & video   :   Printed & written archives

This Archive is proud to be an accredited sound collection of the National Archives and the British Library Sound Archives

Latest events in the Anniversary celebrations!

Lunch-time organ recitals in St Leonard's
on the fine 2 manual Nicholson

Ashley Wagner
27 September

Ashley is studying for a degree in Organ performance at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and is also Organ Scholar at Worcester Cathedral.

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Joshua Roebuck
26 September

Josh is currently studying for a BMus (Hons) at Birmingham Conservatoire Organ; he is also organist of Emmanuel Church, Wylde Green

Free admission  :  a retiring collection will be taken 
Refreshments available in the Great Hall after each recital

For future concerts, see

Distinguished guest speakers
St Leonard’s is the magnificent chapel of the
Beauchamp Community
and the venue for the talks which commence at 7.00pm

There will be a reception in the Great Hall after each talk to meet the speaker

Colin Brownlee, founder of the Archive
A Century of Recorded Church Music
Tuesday 25
Colin Brownlee invites you to join him on an audio-visual journey as he tells the story of this unique and priceless
heritage using rare and historic  recordings, together with archive photographs

Dr Roy Massey, MBE
Three Hereford Organists
Wednesday 26
Roy Massey speaks about two of his distinguished
predecessors, concluding with some reminiscences of his
own twenty-seven years in Hereford

Dr Barry Rose, OBE
Sounds Amazing!
Thursday 27
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

Timothy Day
The timeless sound of the cathedral choir:
why is it always changing?
Friday 28
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
A retiring collection will be taken after each talk
with the proceeds going towards the continuing work
of the Archive

 Columbia's historic set of 78rpm
gramophone records issued between 1949-1952

'An Anthology of English Church Music'


To celebrate our 15th Anniversary
we are re-issuing, for the first time ever on CD,
the famous Columbia Anthology

Issued under the auspices of the  British Council
the series was compiled and edited by  Edmund H Fellowes
and seven of the finest choirs of the day, with their famous
directors of music,  took part in these recordings

  • King's College : Boris Ord
  • Canterbury Cathedral : Gerald H Knight
  • St Paul's Cathedral : John Dykes-Bower
  • Westminster Abbey : William McKie
  • New College Oxford : H K Andrews
  • St George's Chapel Windsor : William H Harris
  • York Minster : Francis Jackson

These fourty-seven 78rpm records have been
expertly remastered for the Archive
and will be issued in a four CD boxed set priced at £25.00

The boxed set is £25.00
and will be available towards the end of this year

We are delighted and honoured that Dr Francis Jackson,
the last remaining director of music
who took part in these seminal recordings, 
has written a forward for the CD booklet

"It is indeed heartening that this snap-shot of the state of
cathedral music in the mid-twentieth century is to be re-issued.  It deserves every success"
Francis Jackson, May 2018

To conclude the 'Treasure of the Archive' exhibition we are delighted to welcome

Worcester Cathedral Choir
directed by Dr Peter Nardone

to sing
Festal Choral Evensong

Sunday 30 September
at 4.00pm 

St Leonard's Chapel    Newland
The Chapel of the Beauchamp Community

The Archive is delighted that our 15th Anniversary Exhibition has been included in the
exhibitions listing of the 'Autumn in Malvern' Festival.

The two Festival events below, during the same week as the Anniversary Exhibition,
are not to be missed!

The Archive holds a large collection of private recordings from St Michael's College Tenbury
and the talk on Hugh Blair is being given here in the Great Hall of the Beauchamp Community 

Autumn in Malvern Festival

Saturday 22nd September 3p.m
Roger Judd  MVO

Roger was the last Master of Music at St Michael's College
Choir School  before it closed in 1985.

His talk, in St Michael's church, which includes musical
interludes played on the  Father Willis organ of 1873,
will describe the important
 influence that the college had on English cathedral music.

Tickets £8 unreserved

St Michael's Church Tenbury
Oldwood Common near Tenbury Wells
WR15 8HP

Sponsored by Cllr's. David Chambers, Phil Grove & Tony Penn  

Autumn in Malvern Festival


Saturday 29th September at
Kevin Allen

Kevin Allen offers a long overdue revaluation
of Hugh Blair, the dynamic, colourful and
controversial Worcester Cathedral organist.

 The illustrated talk is based on Kevin's forthcoming
 biography of Blair, who had a close association
 with Elgar and musical life in Worcester
at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century.

Tickets £8 unreserved
includes tea, coffee and biscuits

The Beauchamp Community
Newland Malvern
WR13 5AX

Sponsored by Dr Peter Mayner

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The magnificent St Leonard's, together with All Souls' medieval chapel will be open during the five days 
and refreshments will be available in the Great Hall.

"Could there be a more appropriate setting for the Archive of Recorded Church Music than the Beauchamp Community 
and the once famous Newland Choir School?    Whenever I visit, I can't think of one"
Tim Day,  researcher, author and one of our guest speakers

Getting here

Rail and bus
There is an excellent rail service to Malvern or Malvern Link and a regular bus service to and from Worcester with a stop right outside the Beauchamp Community. 

Please contact me if you need any advice on train or bus travel.

​Easily accessable by road : Click on the map to enlarge.

Please do not drive through the main gates into the Beauchamp Community (unless with a Blue Badge)   There is plenty of parking on the quiet road outside.

Entrance to the exhibition
Walk through the main gates to the tower, go through the tower archway then turn left and follow the gravel path to the cloisters.

Entrance to the talks in St Leonard's
Through the main door of the church and not  the tower archway.


There is an excellent choice of accommodation in Malvern and the surrounding area from budget Bed and Breakfast to sumptious country house hotels!    The excellent Tourist Information site below will help you find the accommodation of your choice.

Malvern Tourist Information Accommodation Finder

Other treasures to see at the Beauchamp

The Beauchamp Almshouses (now called the Beauchamp Community)  are considered by Pevsner to be the finest Victorian almshouses in England.

​The historic buildings, set around the Quadrangle, comprise of:   

The Almshouses
The Warden's Lodge (vicarage)
The Great Hall
Newland Theological Library

All Souls' Medieval Chapel
​Newland Choir School
​St Leonard's Church

The elaborate frescoes which adorn the Grade 1 listed church were begun in 1864 and are rightly considered Clayton & Bell's masterpiece. 

Not a single surface is left without decoration.

However, it is the Newland Choir School which makes the Beauchamp Almshouses unique, no other almshouses in England had their own residential choir school where the choristers sang daily services in the church. 

The choir school was opened in 1864 and lasted up until 1945 and the choir was considered one of the finest in the area - frequently outdoing the Cathedral in local music competitions!

You can read more about the choir school on the church website , which I also maintain.

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