The written word

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

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

​​Carlisle Cathedral  Chorister School,  1904​​

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

'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

Background information on recordings

Sample of a page from the
Recording Notes
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.  

Click the photo to read this excellent article

Articles about the Archive
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Royal College of Organists blog
by Morwenna Brett