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I am pleased to announce Anglican Church Music's association with Amazon.co.uk, a British version of the hugely successful online retailer of books, music and more. At Amazon.co.uk you will find more than 1.4 million locally published titles, easy-to-use search and browse features, customised e-mail notification, personalised shopping services, secure Web-based credit or debit card payment and direct delivery. When you purchase titles through any of the links on this page, a small portion of the sale price will go toward ensuring the continued quality and expansion of this site.

Recommended Books

The Beat is Irrelevant - Barry Rose and the story of the creation and early years of Guildford Cathedral Choir. The author, a chorister at the Cathedral during the 1960s, tells of the trials and triumphs of setting up what is now one of the best Cathedral choirs in the world.

The book comes with a free CD containing 24 tracks of previously unreleased music from early recordings of the Choir. Profits from the sale of the book go to the ensuring the musical tradition at Guildford is protected for the future.
By Simon Carpenter - £12.95 Order from Amazon

If you haven't seen any of these short books by Reg Frary, then you're missing out on his nostalgic and light-hearted writings about church choirs.

  • Don't Blame the Organist - Reg Frary - £2.50 Order from Amazon
  • Don't Upset the Choir - Reg Frary - £2.50 Order from Amazon
  • Have You Heard Our Choir? - Reg Frary - £2.50 Order from Amazon
  • What About the Choir, Vicar? - Reg Frary - £1.75 Order from Amazon
  • Really Vicar! - Reg Frary - £2.50 Order from Amazon
  • Choirs Infernal - Reg Frary - £2.50 Order from Amazon
  • Meanwhile, Back at the Vestry... - Reg Frary - £2.50 Order from Amazon

20th Century English Cathedral Organists - This gives biographies and photographs of most of the organists. 96 pages, by Enid Bird - £5.50 Order from Amazon

The Organists and Organs of the Welsh Cathedrals in the Twentieth Century - This 36-page booklet is a mine of information about the music of Bangor, Brecon, St David's, Llandaff, St Asaph and St Woolos Cathedrals, by Enid Bird - £5.00 Order from Amazon

The Choir - The modern problems facing an ancient cathedral in a socialist-run city result in confrontations and personal tensions over the fate of the choir.

A story of ecclesiastical politics and human dilemmas, from the author of "Eliza Stanhope", "The Taverners' Place" and many other titles.
By Joanna Trollope - £5.59 (Was £6.99 - Save 20%) Order from Amazon

Giving Voice - Handbook for Choir Directors and Trainers, by David Hill - £10.99 Order from Amazon

Somebody's Got My Robe - Lighthearted Look at Choir Directing, by John Yarrington - £7.99 Order from Amazon

Well-tempered Choir Director - by Trevor Webb - £2 Order from Amazon


Content last updated on Thursday, 4th November 1999
Copyright © 1999 - 2004, John Watkins - portions copyright © Richard Bloomfield.