The Glory of the Temple Church Choir
The Temple Church Choir in 1903
Back Row L
to R: R. Stansfeld, G. Layton, R. Perdue, L, Hall, R. Hall, H. Lee,
The Temple Church Choir in 1928
The Choir in 1928/29
The choristers of 1928 were: E.A. Lough, R. Mallett, D. Horton, J. Salisbury, J.C. Williams, J. OBrien, L.T. Hemmings, B. Redmond, A.V. Bartlett, K. Martin, A.G. Reed, S. (Tim) Leibe, J. Phillips, P. Watson, M. Vinden, T. Burdess and D. Barthel.
1929: Lough, Mallett, Horton, Salisbury, Reed, and OBrien all left
the choir and H. Langston, W. Arnold, A. Hales, B. Martin, W.F.D.
Spencer, and J.A. (Tubby) Curtayne joined.
The gentlemen of the choir throughout the period covered by this CD included: Messrs. A.C. Dixon, F. Hastwell, G. Ives, N.M. Stone, C.T. Waddams, S. Horwood, H. Kempe, W. Millard, G. Conning, and T. Budgett.
The Temple Church Choir in 1931
Harold Langston is seated front row second from the right.
The Choir in the 1930s
Stephen Beet and my old friend David Lewer, who was one of my twelve
boys during the time I was Head Boy, Amphion Recordings have produced
this CD. Ernest Lough is naturally included. He was a man of great charm
and with an infectious sense of fun. I had the privilege to succeed him as
principal soloist when he left the choir in 1929.
was restricted to twelve boys and six to eight probationers. During my
tenure as Head Boy from September 1931 to July 1933, the choristers and
probationers were at various times:
Langston, Billy Arnold, Tom Burdess, Jack Berry, Dennis Cooper, Robin
Jeffries, Farley Leach, Tubby Curtayne, Dennis Medland, David Lewer, Peter
Watson, Maurice Vinden, Doug Ratcliffe, Gilbert Simpson, Jack Phillips,
Ken Harvey, Tom King, Dennys Lake, Tom Meddings, Tony Ratcliffe, Raymond
Marquis, Doug Morgan, and Arthur Hales. The following of my boys
lost their lives during the war: Billy Arnold, Noel Arnold, Peter Watson,
Farley Leach, Dennys Lake, and Robin Jeffries. Sadly, Gilbert Simpson was
killed in a motor accident in 1933, whilst in the choir.
also like to record that Ronald Mallett, Loughs fellow soloist, lost
his young life at the hands of the Japanese in 1944. The lost voices
of these boys will live forever on this disc. Details of the prominent
soloists are recorded elsewhere in these notes, but it is worth recording
that Jack Berry became a chartered surveyor employed at the Minstry of
Works, overseeing maintenance of all overseas embassies; Arthur
Binnie Hales spent the war years working for the Post Office
research department at Dollis Hill, where much of his work was involved
with the code-breakers at Bletchley Park; Doug Ratcliffe became the
headmaster of a comprehensive school; Ken Harvey was a talented pianist,
who, while serving in the army in the Middle East, frequently performed on
the forces radio programmes. In the evacuation from the beach at Dunkirk,
Ken found a piano which he played whilst troops were boarding naval ships,
freighters and small craft: very heroic! David Lewer became an ARIBA and a
noted historian, archivist of the Temple Church and celebrated author of
A Spiritual Song and, more recently, co-author of The Temple
Church in London.
my first twelve boys returned to sing in the choir after the war,
thus preserving the tradition of wonderful singing. After what seems a
lifetime, this re-issue will give my surviving peers and myself
considerable pleasure as I am sure it will Charlie Lough (Ernests
widow) and her sons.
© Denis Barthel, 2001
The Temple Church Choir in 1937
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