The Choir of Southwark CathedralTom Thurley This 10-inch disc from Edison Bell (a company taken over by Decca in 1933) retailing at 3/= has two hymns sung by the Choir of Southwark Cathedral, London, under their organist & choirmaster Edgar Tom Cook, with organ accompaniment. According to The Sound Wave in Oct. 1928 in each case the first verse is sung by an unnamed solo boy and the second verse by the full choir. The Gramophone (see Aug. 1928, p. 111 & Sept. 1928, p.155) commented that the (unnamed) treble soloist in the Attwood was unsteady, but had a "lovely voice". A review in The Sound Wave (London, Aug. 1928, p. 470) added: "This appears to be the first record made of the fine choir and organ of Southwark Cathedral, the famous church at the foot of London Bridge. It is a highly creditable first attempt, but the acoustics have not been quite successfully negotiated. The solo boy, for instance, is recorded at very close quarters, which throws the genral ensemble rather out of balance, besides distorting some of his notes. The voice is a very good one, but the soloist is not named. The choir is first-rate and shows up to great advantage in Elgar's beautiful Ave Verum. Balance of tone is improved with soft needle, particularly in Come Holy Ghost." (The same journal enquired in Oct. 1928, p. 600, why the name of the soloist was not given on the label of this disc, but no more information was printed in the Nov. & Dec. issues.) Matrices 11588-2 & 11589-3 rec. Apl 1928.
Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, OxfordThe Choir of Southwark Cathedral Snippets from 11 episodes of the TV series.
Theme music sung by the Southwark Cathedral Choir, no appearance. Later sung by the Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford. The title music "Ecce homo" ("Behold the man"), like many TV themes by Howard Goodall, was originally written as a serious piece of church choral music. New lyrics (in Latin) were written for "Mr. Bean": "Ecce homo qui est faba. Vale homo qui est faba" ("Behold the man who is a bean. Farewell the man who is a bean").
The Choir of Southwark Cathedral by David Gedge. Gedge paints vivid pictures of his life from 1939 to 1978, in post-World War II London, his life as chorister at Southwark Cathedral, his student days at the RAM, and his professional and personal life.
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