This series of CDs features some of the best known British organists of their day and we hear some of the earliest electric recordings of the organ to be made in Britain.

PHI CD 131: British Organists of the 1920s HMV Recordings 1926-1930
WALTER ALCOCK (1861-1947) at Salisbury Cathedral, Lemmens: Fanfare. Guilmant: Canzona. Alcock: Toccatina. Bach: Trio Sonata in E flat, 1st movement. Prelude & Fugue in D major, BWV. 532.
HAROLD DARKE (1888-1976) at St Michael's, Cornhill, London,
Saint-Saëns: Fantaisie in E flat. Jongen: Pensée d'Automne. S.S.Wesley: Choral Song.
SIR ERNEST BULLOCK (1890-1979) at Westminster Abbey, London,
Mendelssohn: Sonata No. 3, in A, Con moto maestoso.
C. CHARLTON PALMER (1871-1944) at Canterbury Cathedral,
Rheinberger: Scherzo from Sonata No. 8. Guilmant: Melody in A flat.
E. STANLEY ROPER (1878-1953) at Kingsway Hall, London, Elgar: Imperial March. Dubois: Cantilène Nuptiale.
HARRY GOSS-CUSTARD (1871-1964) at Liverpool Cathedral, Lemmens: Fantasia, The Storm.
STANLEY MARCHANT (1883-1949) at St Paul's Cathedral, London,
Greene: Voluntary in C minor - Allegro. Smart: Postlude in C. Cocker: Tuba Tune.
GEORGE THALBEN-BALL (1896-1987) at the Temple Church, London,. Karg-Elert: Chorale-Improvisation on Nun danket.

Sir Walter Alcock & Sir Ernest Bullock

PHI CD 156: British Organists of the 1920s Volume Two Recorded 1913-1936
Berkeley Mason, B.B.C. Concert Organ, Broadcasting House London, Hollins: Concert Overture No. 2 in C minor.
Reginald Goss-Custard, Kingsway Hall, London,
H.F. Watling : Minuet Antique. Samuel Coleridge - Taylor: Three Fours Waltz arr. R.G.C.
Harold Darke, St. Michael's Church, Cornhill, London, Franck: Andantino in G minor.
George Thalben-Ball, Temple Church, London, Reubke: Fugue from The 94th Psalm Sonata.
Maurice Vinden, St Mark's Church, North Audley Street, London, Wolstenholme: Barcarolle, Opus 16.
William Wolstenholme, Aeolian Hall, London, plays his own Prelude in F & Carillon in B flat.
Herbert Ellingford, Alexandra Palace, London, Karg-Elert: Chorale Prelude on In dulci jubilo Opus 75 No. 2.
Stanley Marchant, St Paul's Cathedral, London, Parry: Bridal March & Finale.
Herbert Dawson, Kingsway Hall, London,
Elgar: Organ Sonata No. 2 in B flat, Opus 87a. Arr. Ivor Atkins. i) Introduction. ii) Toccata. iii) Fugue.
Herbert Walton, Glasgow Cathedral, Lament of Sir Rory Mer (Traditional)
Ralph Downes, St. Mary's le Savoy, London, J.S.Bach: Chorale Preludes: Heut' triumphiret Gottes Sohn.
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland. Erstanden ist heil'ge Christ. Alle Menschen müssen sterben.
Arthur Meale, Central Hall Westminster, London plays his own Storm.
Easthope Martin, City Road Studio, London, Guilmant: Grand Choeur in E flat.

The organs of Kingsway Hall & Central Hall, Westminster

PHI CD 169: British Organists of the 1920s Volume Three Recorded 1927-1947
Berkeley Mason, B.B.C. Concert Organ, Broadcasting House London,
Charles Marie Widor: Marche Pontificale from Organ Symphony No.1, 1st Movt.
Harry Goss-Custard, Liverpool Cathedral, Harwood: Paean Opus 15, No. 3.
Reginald Goss-Custard, Queens Hall, London, Boëllmann: Suite Gothique, Opus 25.
Archibald Wayett Wilson, Manchester Cathedral, Parry: Chorale Prelude on The Old 104th from Set 1.
Ralph Downes, St. Mary's le Savoy, London, Buxtehude: Prelude & Fugue in D minor, BuxWV 140.
William Prendergast, Winchester Cathedral, Guilmant: Offertoire Sur Deux Noëls.
Edwin Lemare Trinity Church, Camden, New Jersey plays his own Andantino in D flat.
Herbert Sumsion, Gloucester Cathedral, Wesley: Larghetto in F sharp minor.
Stanley Marchant, St. Paul's Cathedral, London,
J.S. Bach: Fugue in D minor, BWV. 539, Fiddle Fugue. Arensky: Basso Ostinato Opus 7.
George Thalben-Ball, B.B.C. Concert Organ, Broadcasting House London, Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV. 565.
G.D. Cunningham, Birmingham Town Hall, Händel: Concert for Organ & Orchestra in B flat No. 2, Opus 4.
City of Birmingham Orchestra, Conductor: George Weldon.
G.D. Cunningham, Kingsway Hall, London, Mulet: Toccata - Tu es petra

Liverpool Cathedral & Harry Goss-Custard

PHI CD 199: British Organists of the 1920s

Volume 4

Recorded 1926-1948

George Thalben-Ball [1896-1987]
[1] Ride of the Valkyries (Wagner)
Rec. 19/3/31 Alexandra Palace, London. HMV C. 2209 [4.33]
[2] Toccata in F BWV 540 (J.S. Bach)
Rec. 30/10/33 B.B.C. Concert Organ, Broadcasting House, London. HMV B. 8127 [6.49]
[3] Scherzo Fugue (Edwin Lemare)* Rec. 27/9/42 B.B.C. war time broadcast from
St. Paul's Parish Church, Bedford intro. by announcer [3.27]
[4] Grand Choeur in E flat (Guilmant)* Rec. 30/6/30 Alexandra Palace, London.
HMV unpublished test recording, Matrix: BR. 2814-4 [3.25]
Herbert Dawson [1890-1976]
[5] Cuckoo & Nightingale from Organ Concerto No.13 (Handel) Rec. 20/2/32
Kingsway Hall, London with L.S.O. cond. Albert Coates. HMV DA. 1261 [3.19]
Harry Goss-Custard [1871-1964]
[6] Evening Song (Bairstow) Rec. 7/2/27 Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. HMV C.1325 [4.01]
[7] Trumpet Voluntary (Purcell)
Rec. 29/10/47 Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Columbia DX. 1477 [2.51]
Reginald Goss-Custard [1877-1956]
[8] Nocturne in D (Reginald Goss-Custard)
Rec. 22/4/27 Queen's Hall, London. HMV C. 1466 [4.26]
Ernest Bullock [1890-1979]
[9] Sonata in E flat minor No. 6, Opus 119, 1st movt. (Rheinberger)
Rec. 9/7/31 Westminster Abbey, London. HMV B.4015 [6.01]
[10] Prelude & Fugue in A minor BWV 543 (J.S. Bach)
Rec. 27/3/30 Westminster Abbey, London. HMV C. 1876 [8.14]
Henry Ley [1887-1962]
[11] Concerto in G (Handel) Rec. 7/7/26 Kingsway Hall, London. HMV C. 1314 [2.54]
[12] Trumpet Tunes & Ayres (Purcell) as track [11] [4.03]

Edward D'Evry [1869-1950]
[13] Gigue Fugue (J.S. Bach) Rec. 1926 Brompton Oratory, London.
Parlophone E. 10551 [3.07]
Ralph Downes [1904-1993]
[14] Prelude & Fugue in G minor from Set of Three, Opus 7 (Dupré)*
Rec. Brompton Oratory, London.
Private off air recording from acetate disc of BBC broadcast 1948 [7.25]
G.D. Cunningham [1878-1948]
Concerto for Organ & Orchestra No. 4 in F, Opus 4
[15] Allegro [16] Andante [17] Adagio [18] Allegro
Rec. 4/6/45 Birmingham Town Hall, City of Birmingham Orchestra,
Conductor: George Weldon. Columbia D.X. 1359/60. [12.42]
* = previously unissued recording
78 r.p.m. record catalogue numbers are given in italics

Released 17/3/04
78 r.p.m. records transcribed & restored using the Cedar process by Martin Monkman
Compiled, production & booklet design by Martin Monkman, Amphion Recordings
I am grateful to the following for their help and co-operation during the production of this CD. Many of the discs heard on this CD were copied from the record collections owned by Terry Hoyle of Tuffley, Gloucester, & Grant Vicat of Ixworth, Suffolk, both these gentlemen have very extensive collections of organ records, and have helped me much over the last nine years. Other recordings used are from my own collection and that of the late John Rothera of York. Tracks 3 & 4 were provided by Stephen Beet of London, and track 14 came from the record collection of Felix Aprahamian, Muswell Hill, London. Ralph Franklin, Organist of St. Paul's Parish Church, Bedford & Patrick Russill, Director of Music, The London Oratory, kindly helped with identifying the organs heard on tracks 3 & 14 respectively. My thanks are also expressed to Colin Charnley for his interesting & informative piece. Tim Day & Jonathan Summers of the N.S.A. & Sonita Cox of E.M.I. Music Archives helped with documentary material relating to some of the recordings. The centenary of Ralph Downes's birth is on 16 August 2004, and this CD is dedicated to him.
Martin Monkman, Amphion Recordings, January 2004

Also PHI CD 133: British Concert Organist of the 1920s