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‘Oldest’ live recording of cathedral choir found

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Published Time: 16.05.2024 - 23:40:15 Modified Time: 16.05.2024 - 23:40:15

The 1926 recording of Rochester choir on a 12-inch shellac record has been returned to the Cathedral on a CD An almost 100-year-old recording of a choir has been unearthed and handed back to the cathedral that hosted the performance

The 1926 recording of Rochester choir on a 12-inch shellac record has been returned to the Cathedral on a CD

An almost 100-year-old recording of a choir has been unearthed and handed back to the cathedral that hosted the performance. It is believed to be one of the oldest recordings of a live choir singing in their home venue.

The sound of Rochester Cathedral choir singing in 1926 was preserved on a 12-inch shellac record, which has been rediscovered by a sound expert. It has now been transferred on to a CD and returned to the Kent cathedral. Older recordings of choirs exist but they were recorded inside a studio.

The audio of the Rochester choir was sent live by telephone lines to Columbia Studios in London where the record was made.

The eight revolutions-per-minute record contains the choristers singing Magnificat in B flat and the hymn All People that on Earth do Dwell conducted by Charles Hylton Stewart, then director of music.

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