Untitled? - two Christmas carols

78 rpm, 10 inch record, 1928

Sir Thomas Armstrong

Directed by Thomas Armstrong (1898-1994), later Sir Thomas, and Principal of the Royal Academy of Music 1955-68.

From 1928 to 1933 he was organist of Exeter Cathedral, a post he held in tandem with the directorship of music at the University College of the South West.

First known recording by the choir, 1928.

Columbia Records.

I have not seen the original record, so I do not know if there is a record title or other information on it.

With many thanks to Colin Brownlee of In Quires and Places for the information and for providing a copy of the recording.

Side 1

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Side 2

This Joyful Eastertide. Arranged Wood.


With thanks to Tony Goldsworthy, who provided this information in January 2020:

One of the trebles on these recordings is likely to have been Robert Knill Goldsworthy (b. 1914), Tony's father. He was a chorister from, Tony believes, 1920 to 1928. He had said that he was in the choir when they made a recording of carols. He died in 2010 at the age of 96 yrs.