How did get started?

Back in 2005, organist John Keys and producer Wendy Williams were looking for way to make their CDs available…

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Professional organist John Keys of Nottingham Parish Church and producer Wendy Williams started by recording four CDs which are now part of the Core set. This was to help out a friend, Paul, who at the time was a joiner by day at the time, but a Minister in a small Spiritualist Church (in the grounds of Newstead Abbey): he is now their main preacher. Despite the name of the church, they follow a very traditional C of E style, and use a very old version of Hymns Ancient & Modern. They no longer had an organist, the organ had become unplayable, and they had managed for a while with a few hymns which someone had recorded onto cassettes, which were almost worn out.

Paul asked if John and Wendy could help out by doing some recordings, and they bought their very first recording equipment especially for that. As the recordings were coming to a close, it occurred to Wendy that there must be many other churches in that situation these days, and that they ought to do some more recording. The question then was how to get the recordings noticed. In 2005, Wendy Williams approached Brian Clegg, who ran a small church music site (still online) and before long the site was selling the range of CDs to help out churches with no organist who wanted proper organ accompaniments, rather than mechanical computerised versions.

Here's a screenshot from 2006:
This is a real example of a modern, distributed organisation. John and Wendy are based in Nottingham, while Brian is based in Swindon 130 miles away. The three of them have only been in the same room once - otherwise all business is conducted electronically and through the post.
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The CD accompaniments became increasingly popular, so Brian set up a separate site, to focus on the accompaniments.

Over the years we've made big changes. There are now 117 CDs in our catalogue, and we sell far more downloads and MP3 sets than CDs. (If you prefer, you can get to the site from or But the aim is the same: to produce affordable recordings to help those who can't get an organist sing hymns and worship songs.
Do you sell words or sheet music?

We don't - and hymns usually only come in books - but there are plenty of ways of getting music and words…

Have you recorded all our hymn book?

There are hundreds of hymn books: we have one complete and many more partly covered, with a growing collection of indexes linking to our library…

Can you record my favourite hymn?

We can't guarantee to record your favourite, but we can add it to our wish list…

How did get started?

Back in 2005, organist John Keys and producer Wendy Williams were looking for way to make their CDs available…

How do I change the number of verses in a hymn?

You may always omit some verses, or your hymn book could have a different number to our recording...

How do I set up a playlist of tracks?

If you are using MP3s or downloads a playlist allows you to set up just the tracks you need for a service...

Why is there no singing on your recordings?

There are recordings available with singing on, but we don't provide them. Here's why...

Which format is best for me (and how to play it)?

We have tracks as downloads, on CDs and memory sticks - and there are range of options for playback...

Where can I get you downloads and streams?

Downloads and streaming are available immediately, 24/7: There are a range of options available...

Can I use your recordings in more than one church?

We recognise that increasingly one vicar/priest might cover multiple buildings. By default we cover four...

Can I change the speed or pitch of a recording?

It is possible to change speeds and pitch very effectively using an editor.

Can I stream services using your accompaniments?

Many churches live stream or video services - here's how to use our accompaniments legally.

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