Category: Victorian

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Mechanical Music Hall

Instrumental versions of music hall favourites played on musical boxes, 'barrel organs', penny pianos and other Edwardian and Victorian automata
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Parry's Barrel Organ

The music of "John Longman's New Invented Patent Barrel Organ" with bells, drum and triangle built around 1810 and which accompanied Sir William Edward Parry on his Arctic expeditions in the early 19th Century. Not only did it entertain the sailors but intrigued eskimos en route.
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Pipes, Barrels and Pins

An extensive collection of mechanical musical instruments from small musical box to enormous fair ground organ. These were once the pride of the West Cornwall Museum of Mechanical Music that entertained holiday makers for many years
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Memories Of Osborne

Miss Dorothy Blake was born in Barton Manor on the Osborne estate on the Isle of Wight in November 1886. Her father had recently been appointed agent to the estate and, in this capacity, was responsible for arranging Queen Victoria's daily tours of the grounds when she was in residence. These recordings were made in 1965 when Miss Blake was nearly 80 and tell of the ageing Queen's life at Osborne. Regular Royal visitors at this time were the Duke and Duchess of Connaught and their children, Prince Henry of Battenburg and his wife Princess Beatrice (who was Queen Victoria's youngest daughter) with their children Prince Alexander - who was born within a fortnight of Miss Blake - Princess Ena (Victoria Eugenie 1887 - 1969), Prince Leopold and baby Prince Morris. The interview is full of domestic detail and an insight into the life of the Victorian royal family from a perspective not recorded in the history books.
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Parlour Poetry
Kenneth Williams

Comic, Patriotic and Improving Verse from the Victorian Age
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Sublime Harmonie of Victorian Musical Boxes

Favourite opera arias and popular tunes from the classics played on rare Victorian cylinder and disc musical boxes by Polyphon, Nicole Freres and other top quality makers.
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The Gay 90s

Popular music from Victorian musical shows and other favourites of the 1890s played on dozens of Victorian disc musical boxes (with discs from 4" to 27") and a pianola. Favourite tunes from 'A Runaway Girl', 'Florodora', 'Belle of New York' , 'The Geisha', 'A Greek Slave' and 'San Toy'. Plus popular songs of the 1890s.
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Enchanted Carols

"One of the most delightful & imaginative Christmas records I have ever come across" commented the record reviewer in the Oxford Times and we think this is a fair assessment of our biggest selling album. It is a veritable feast of Christmas music with Victorian musical boxes, handbells, church bells, barrel organs, street pianos, handbell choir and brass band. A kaleidoscope of sounds of the best known carol tunes intermingled with a few lesser known delights, plus the joyous pealing of the bells of St. Mary Redcliffe church in Bristol to start and end this celebration of Christmas.
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A Victorian Sunday

Favourite Victorian hymns as recorded on mechanical pipe barrel organs, musical boxes and organettes
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Music Of The Streets

Three centuries of mechanical street music from a wealth of "barrel organs" (street pianos), organettes & other popular street instruments of yesteryear.
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The Three Disc Symphonion

A wide variety of rare Victorian musical boxes and especially featuring the amazing Three Disc Symphonion which played a complex musical arrangement spread over three musical box discs playing simultaneously. Includes such titles as Tuxedo Polka, Old Folks At Home, After the Ball, Monastery Bells, Cuckoo's Couplet, Carnival Of Venice, Bedouin Love Song, The Empire and the Tivoli, Vienna Hearts March, Gavotte D'Amour, Hail Smiling Morn, The Last Rose Of Summer and many more.
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Mechanical Opera

Opera favourites played on rare and historic musical boxes
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Musical Box Dances

Victorian dances played on nine antique disc musical boxes, eight cylinder musical boxes, two pipe barrel organs and a disc piano. A selection of 46 historic renditions of waltzes, polkas, gavottes, galops with the occasional couplet, scottische, minuet, quadrille & hornpipe.
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Under The Greenwood Tree
The Mellstock Band and Choir

The Mellstock Band and Choir perform the dance music and carols associated with Thomas Hardy , his family and his novels from Hardy family and Puddletown manuscripts. A rare chance to hear the serpent and the high C clarinet both so typical and evocative of 19th C English village 'quires' and now totally obsolete except in recreations such as these.
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Fill Your Glasses
The Canterbury Clerkes with The London Serpent Trio

Convivial English Glees from the Singing Club tradition of the 18th and 19th centuries from The Canterbury Clerkes with The London Serpent Trio.
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A Tapestry Of Carols
Maddy Prior with The Carnival Band

Maddy Prior is one of the top names on the British folk scene and her album of favourite carols sung in a folk style has become something of a classic. The Carnival Band play a variety of historic instruments including lute, cittern, tabor, violin, recorders, bagpipes, shawm and bassoon. They add a vitally interesting backdrop for Maddy's distinctive vocal qualities.
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Christmas Now Is Drawing Near
Sneak's Noyse / The City Waits

30 of the most beautiful traditional English folk carols performed in an authentic rural style with original instrument accompaniment.
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Sing Lustily & With Good Courage
Maddy Prior with The Carnival Band

Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band, breathe new life into favourite hymns in the 19th Century West Gallery tradition. This is one of our most popular recordings.
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Old Christmas Return'd
The York Waits with Richard Wistreich (bass)

The music and song of Christmas past from renowned early music bass singer, Richard Wistreich with the ancient shawms, sackbuts, cornetts, hurdy-gurdies, recorders and bagpipes of The York Waits.
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English National Songs
The Broadside Band, with John Potter and Lucie Skeaping

The Broadside Band with John Potter & Lucie Skeaping. 21 songs encapsulating the most typical and popular songs from the late renaissance of Greensleeves to the Victorian nostalgia of Home sweet home.
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Victorian Musical Boxes
Musical boxes, musical Victorian toys & snuff boxes play dozens of charming Victorian favourites.
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Songs of Thomas Hardy's Wessex
The Mellstock Band and Singers

What were the songs so often mentioned in Hardy's novels? The Mellstock Band and Singers reveal all with these evocative songs.
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Old English Nursery Rhymes
The Broadside Band

A real delight to young and old. Vivien Ellis and Tim Laycock sing 52 favourites in traditional style with The Broadside Band.
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English Customs and Traditions
Many of these customs go back to the dawn of time and their meaning is often mysterious but somehow are as relevant today and attract a great deal of interest
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Pleasures and Treasures
The Music Includes world music, traditional British music, early classical music on original instruments, novelty numbers, jazz, music hall, musical boxes, guitar quartets, saxophone quartet, brass group, viol consorts, choral music and chant, handbells and church bells, poetry and readings - from mediaeval times to the present day. This double album forms part of Saydisc’s 50th Anniversary celebration releases and is drawn from recordings made over the years from mono open reel recording to high quality stereo digital.
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Christmas Music Through The Ages
A celebration of festive music with 50 pieces from the 6th to 20th centuries. Choirs, folk ensembles and soloists, handbell choir, brass band, viol consort, monks and nuns, musical boxes, street pianos, bagpipes, renaissance instruments, early music performers. This double set forms part of Saydisc’s 50th Anniversary celebration releases. It is the ultimate Christmas compilation spanning so many centuries and styles and will surely become a classic Saydisc release year on year.
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Awake & Join the Cheerful Choir
MADDY PRIOR and THE CARNIVAL BAND Gallery hymns from the 18th and early 19th centuries and some early folk carols. THE MELLSTOCK BAND & CHOIR perform music from the Hardy family and Puddletown Church manuscripts using authentic instruments as they would have been performed by a village band in Hardy’s Wessex.
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The Funny Side of Saydisc
This anthology of wit and humour has been drawn from Saydisc’s vast archives going back over 50 years. Here is nearly 80 minutes of a wide variety of humour from our catalogue created since 1965 and exploring material from Victorian times to the present day. We hope it provides amusement and even inspiration. It is a window into our vast array of musical and non-musical recordings from all corners of the world.
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Victoriana - Music, Verse & Recollections from the Time of Queen Victoria
Music, Verse and recollections from the time of Queen Victoria from Kenneth Williams, Miss Dorothy Blake's personal account of life with the Queen at Osborne House, The Broadside Band, Richard Burnett and many more with a detailed 32 page booklet with numerous quotations from Queen Victoria's journals, Mendelssohn letter and other historical background information.