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Guildford Cathedral Choir Archive Recordings - Downloadable MP3
Speaker Icon Hodie Beata Virgo (Byrd)
Recorded at Evensong in Guildford Cathedral, February 1973.
Speaker Icon Justorum Animae (Byrd)
Recorded at a public concert in Skegness Parish Church, Lincolnshire, 26th July 1967.
Speaker Icon The Turtle Dove (arr Vaughan Williams) Recorded at a schools' concert given in the hall of Victoria College, Jersey, July 1972. (Baritone soloist - Richard Barnes)
Speaker Icon Festival Te Deum in E (Britten) recorded at a public concert given in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Friday, July 30th,1971 (with Anthony Froggatt - organ)
Speaker Icon Psalm 101 recorded at Evensong in Guildford Cathedral, Saturday,19th May,1973 (organist - Anthony Froggatt)
Speaker Icon Mendelssohn - Recitative, Trio and Chorus from 'Christus' recorded in the Cathedral at a public concert, May, 1973 (Tenor soloist - Bill Ives, Organist - Anthony Froggatt)
speaker icon Silent Night, arranged by Barry Rose, as recorded for the best-selling 1966 Music For Pleasure LP record, "Christmas Carols from Guildford Cathedral"
speaker icon Vouchsafe, O Lord - from Te Deum in D (Henry Purcell)
Adrian Culshaw (Alto), recorded at a Cathedral Evensong, 1972
speaker icon Three Kings from Persian Lands afar (Peter Cornelius)
featuring John Barrow (Bass), recorded at an informal sing-through after a weekday evensong, early 1963
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speaker icon Ave Verum Corpus (William Byrd) - Sung by the Choir of St Andrew's Church, Kingsbury, February 1960
speaker icon Wiegenlied (Max Reger) - sung by Helena Paish (BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year 2014). Informal recording made during a lesson with Barry, December 2014
speaker icon Spring Sorrow (John Ireland) - Helena Paish, impromptu recording, March 2015
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YouTube Icon Spring Sorrow (John Ireland) - Helena Paish in concert, July 2015
YouTube Icon Platinum & Silver Discs from EMI, June 1991
YouTube Icon Building Guildford Cathedral Organ Archive documentary footage from 1961
Speaker icon Now listen to Barry Rose playing the Cathedral organ - Allegro (K.594) by W.A.Mozart
   
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Barry Rose Publicity Photo medium sizeInternationally known as one the UK's leading choirtrainers, Barry Rose began his musical career in the most unusual circumstances - playing hymns on the harmonium in a local mission-church on Sundays, whilst working in a London insurance office during the week.

In 1958, at the age of 24, he decided to give up the world of commerce, and on the advice of the late Felix Aprahamian (music critic of The SundayTimes), he auditioned for a place at The Royal Academy of Music, to study organ with C.H.Trevor.

By then, Barry was organist and choirmaster of St. Andrew's Church, Kingsbury, a fine suburban church in North West London, where he had enlarged and improved the already flourishing boys choir, as well as bringing in musical friends to sing in the back-rows.

Apart from the experience gained in playing regularly for Sunday Worship, he says that that most influential period of his young musical life was the eighteen months  he had previously spent singing Bass in Martindale Sidwell's choir at Hampstead Parish Church, where, as he puts it "you learn to think like a singer, rather than an organist". In those days the Hampstead choir was regarded as the finest church choir in the land, and testimony to this is the list of many broadcasts, concerts, recordings and tours in which they took part.

He also cites the enormous influence of Boris Ord's choir at King's College, Cambridge, Stanley Vann's choir at Peterborough Cathedral, and perhaps most of all, the friendship with and encouragement from George Guest, whose choir at St. John's College, Cambridge, was to be a model on which Barry was to base his musical approach and sound.

Against all the odds, and without a single formal musical qualification to his name, in May 1960, Barry was appointed as the first Organist and Master of the Choristers of the new Guildford Cathedral. This controversial appointment would not have been made without the foresight and wisdom of the then Provost of Guildford, The Very Reverend Walter Boulton, who was to be shamefully passed over, when the appointment of the first Dean of the new Cathedral was made.

Once in Guildford, Barry set about creating a musical foundation which would bring daily sung Services to the new Cathedral. Over the first year or so there was the inevitable hesitant start by the boys, but they were encouraged and supported by a most expert and musical group of Lay Clerks, many of whom were accomplished soloists in their own right. The Guildford choir soon established itself in the forefront of choral music of the time, achieving widespread recognition through its several best-selling recordings for EMI, both on the HMV label, and on the newly founded Music for Pleasure label - listen to Silent Night, as recorded for the LP Christmas Carols from Guildford Cathedral, 1966. These recordings have sold in the hundreds of thousands, some still remaining in the current cataolgues, and a measure of their success is the 1 Platinum, 1 Gold, and 2 Silver Discs so far awarded to the choir.

NOW WATCH the presentation of Platinum & Silver discs - June, 1991

More than 50 years on after his appointment, Barry Rose can look back on three successful periods with three Cathedral choirs - Guildford (1960-74), St. Paul's (1974-84) and St. Albans (1988-97), as well as twenty years at the BBC, as George Thalben Ball's successor as Music Adviser to the Head of Religious Broadcasting.

May 2011 saw the 50th Anniversary of the Consecration of Guildford Cathedral, and by way of a continuing celebration, and as a tribute to every boy and man who has ever sung with the choir, here, on this website, you can now listen to some previously unheard and unpublished recordings. All of these excerpts are live performances, exactly as they happened.

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Guildford Cathedral Consecration,
May 17th, 1961
Aerial view of Guildford Cathedral
The Nave, Guildford Cathedral
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Guildford Cathedral organists and sub-organists at the 2009 Former Choristers' Reunion; from left to right: Philip Moore, Peter Moorse, Gavin Williams, Anthony Froggatt and Barry Rose.