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This Album features a complete recording of the Church of England Service of Morning Prayer according to the Book of Common Prayer. This was recorded by Rev I R Parkyn, Rev Canon Fleming & the Choir of St Andrew’s Church, Well’s Street, London in 1908. The choir at St. Andrew's was noted at the time for its fine choral tradition.

The Album Title "The Church that Moved" comes from the fact that the original church building, declared redundant on its central London site in Well's Street, was physically moved stone by stone to its new site in Kingsbury during the early 1930s.

The Church That Moved
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When the Titanic sailed from Southampton in April 1912, eight musicians were ready to entertain the passengers. Once on board the Titanic, each first class passenger was given a copy of the White Star Line's current music book. In 1912, this listed by name some 352 tunes as well as waltzes, hymns and other items which the musicians would play on request. The musicians on the Titanic were divided principally between a saloon orchestra and a trio. The trio played mainly on B deck either outside the first class a la carte restaurant or in the Cafe Parisien on the starboard side. The Saloon Orchestra was a five piece band which played mainly in the first class lounge during afternoon tea or in the D Deck dining room at luncheon and dinner.

All the instrumental items on this Titanic Album were listed in the White Star Line's music book, and are from recordings of the time, where possible using similar instrumentation to the Titanic musicians. In addition "Everyman at His Post" and "Be British" were commemorative songs written immediately after the disaster and recorded during the following year. The Album draws to a conclusion with a rare interview, recorded in the 1950s, with Mr Allen who was a fireman (stoker) on board the Titanic and here relives his story of that eventful night. This is followed by an evocative rendition of "Nearer my God to Thee" which was played as the ship was sinking.

Titanic Tunes and Tales
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The Boer or South African War between Britain and the Boer Colonies of the Transvaal and the Orange Free State was declared on 11 October 1899. Within 4 weeks, the nascent Gramophone company released a number of patriotic recordings. The most famous of these was a poem, written by Kipling and put to music by Arthur Sullivan entitled The Absent Minded Beggar. In conjunction with The Daily Mail, a fund was set up to support soldiers families during the War. As the war continued there was a progressive change of mood, and in 1901 the recording of The Boers have got my Daddy was issued:

'The Boers have got my Daddy
My soldier Dad;
I don't like to hear my Mammy sigh,
I don't like to see my Mammy cry;
So I'm going in a big ship
Across the raging main,
And I'm going to fight the Boers, I am,
And bring my Daddy home again!'

A Unique Album of 32 Tracks, restored from 1899 - 1902 period recordings.

The Boers have got My Daddy
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Gipsy Smith was one of the best loved evangelists of all time. Born in humble circumstances in 1877 to a Gipsy family living in Epping Forest, near London. When only 17 years old, he joined the Salvation Army as a preacher. Events then lead to him starting his own mission, and eventually he became known worldwide through his frequent tours of America, Australia and South Africa amongst other places. He became known as "The Singing Evangelist" as he would sometimes burst into song during his sermons. In 1910 he made the first of a series of recordings, which are featured on this Album

Gipsy Smith - The Singing Evangelist
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This album comprises original recordings related to the role of women and votes for women.  Music Hall songs of the time give a great insight into the public attitude towards women at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth century.  Whilst the role of the downtrodden husband had always been a feature of these songs, the coming of the suffragette movement produced some strong reactions.  From the speech by Christabel Pankhurst, through to the role of women during the Great War and the 1929 election, this album traces the development of universal suffrage.

Votes For Women
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With the advent of recorded sound, a new avenue opened up for advertisers to promote their wares. Initially, it was the gramophone and record companies who used this medium, but as record prices fell it became ecomonic for other manufacturers to produce special records.  From Cookers, Fridges, and Cars to Silk Stockings and Milk all types of product are featured in these recordings from 1906 to 1956.

It Pays To Advertise
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