A record for Brownhills!

A treat today for the choral music fans – the wonderful transcription of a long-lost Brownhills vinyl LP record to MP3 that’s a real part of Brownhills cultural history.

‘Choral Favourites’ by Brownhills Co-Operative Choral Society is the second album of music released by the award wing singers from Brownhills who I’ve covered a great deal on the blog. It has 15 tracks and was released in 1977.

There’s (at the time of posting) a rare chance to buy the first 1971 album on the tat bazaar here.

CA classic postcard of Brownhills was chosen for the cover of the album. Image kindly supplied by Martin Hughes.

The transcription is wonderful quality and has been shared with the blog by Brownhills Community Association’s Martin Hughes, a top man and tireless grafter for the community.

It’s difficult to overstate the local importance and musical pedigree of the Co-Operative Choral Society: They won awards up against the UK’s greatest choirs, and featured the noted local choristers George Fullelove and Deryk Langford – the latter still making wonderful music at well over 90 years of age.

You can find out more about the Choral Society in these stories here and here, and how George is commemorated, sadly unknown by many here.

This isn’t the first time we’ve celebrated the musical history of Brownhills, which is surprisingly diverse – from Jazz at the Crown in the 1970s, to postwar music festivals and lost venues for nascent monsters of rock.

My thanks to those involved in bringing this music back to a wide audience and to Martin and all at the Community Association who enabled it. I am honoured and proud to host this wonderful thing here.

If you have any comments, please don’t hesitate to comment here, email me on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com or buttonhole me on social media.

You can play each track individually from the embedded player, download it from the link above each player or download the whole set from Dropbox by clicking here.

There’s also a full continuous playlist at the bottom of the post.

1 Sing a Song of Sixpence

2 Come Sleep

3 Midsummer Song

4 Lovely Rose

5 Watching the Wheat

6 With a Voice of Singing

7 Eriskay Love Lilt

8 The Way You Look Tonight

9 O Hush Thee My Babie

10 The Dance

11 The Lullaby

12 Let Us Break Bread Together

13 Golden Slumbers

14 Balm in Gilead

15 The Lord’s Prayer

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5 Responses to A record for Brownhills!

  1. Willoughby David cubitt says:

    Bob
    Please tell me how to contact you
    I am researching my ancestry the caddick
    Thomas was an engineer b1720. Died 1805 of clyangor
    He is buried at Norton canes church
    His son was a mining agent in clyangor aged 70 on 1841 census
    Any info welcome. Did they live in rose cottage
    Thanks
    David cubitt

  2. David Evans says:

    WOW!

    my thanks and kindest regards

    David

  3. Jayne says:

    My husband says this LP is currently in St Giles and has been there a while! Just in case someone wants a copy 🙂

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