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Because almost none of Peter Tranchell's music was published during his lifetime, or known outside his immediate circle, recordings are scarce. On this page we have listed both the commercial recordings that are available on CD or streaming services, and some private recordings that we are making available on this website and in the Peter Tranchell YouTube channel. If you subscribe to that channel you will be notified when we publish new material.

We'd be very grateful if you could contact us if you know of others.

Sacred choral works

If ye would hear the angels sing on Dormi Jesu: A Caius Christmas, 2014, Delphian

If ye would hear the angels sing on Nine Lessons & Carols, King's College Choir, Stephen Cleobury, 2012, available through Hyperion (the web page includes sound clips of all tracks including If ye would hear).

If ye would hear the angels sing on Oxford Christmas Choral Highlights 2010, Oxford University Press Music, published December 12, 2018, available here and playable here

If ye would hear the angels sing  on A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols, King's College Choir, Stephen Cleobury, 2008, Warner Classics 6860822, available here

Psalm 141 (Lord, I call upon Thee) and Psalm 133 (The Peace of God) on Priory PRCD 1189 O Sacrum Convivium - Music for the Mass sung by the choirs of St George's Metropolitan Cathedral Southwark, directed by Norman Harper (Caius 1970) and accompanied by Frederick Stocken. Available from St George's Cathedral @ £11.99 plus p&p - also available generally c/o Priory's distributors. Psalm 141 is available on YouTube (courtesy of NAXOS of America).

People, look East on Christmas with St John's, Signum Classics released November 2016. A sample of the track can be listened to on the Hyperion website: Other recordings have been made available online by Truro Cathedral and Cambridge University - see People, look East for details.

People, look East on All the World Tonight Rejoices: contemporary Christmas music by Truro Cathedral Choir, on Regent Records (REGCD560). Andrew Wyatt, organ; directed by Christopher Gray.

People, look East on On Christmas Night: Carols from Merton, on Delphian. Choir of Merton College Oxford, Benjamin Nicholas. Also on Spotify and other streaming services.

Psalms 102 and 103 on Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 8 93-104, Hyperion 

Psalms 102 and 103 in a live BBC radio broadcast from St Paul’s Cathedral London, 20 December 1978, with the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral, directed by Barry Rose, and Christopher Dearnley (organ), now published on YouTube by the "Archive of Recorded Church Music". Psalm 102 is at 3:20, and 103 is at 10:49.

Secular choral works

Five Thackeray Ditties - see the commemoration CD below, and the Peter Tranchell YouTube channel.

Orchestral works

Festive Overture (1966), track 1 on John Ireland: Orchestral songs and miniatures, 2010, Dutton Vocalion
Festive Overture on Spotify


Three songs from Zuleika, performed by Alex Kidgell and Martin Neary at the Commemoration Weekend Concert, 24th September 2005. The recordings can be heard on the Zuleika page or in the Peter Tranchell YouTube channel.

Songs from His First Mayweek, including Hadrian built a villa, and Just a toothbrush and pyjamas

Three songs from Child's Play, with Peter Tranchell himself accompanying himself, probably late 1950s: A Near Thing, A Tedious Affair, and An Old Number on the Peter Tranchell YouTube channel.

David and John. Peter Tranchell himself accompanying himself, probably late 1950s: here on the Peter Tranchell YouTube channel.

Piano works

Sonatina for pianoforte private recording made by John Fraser, 2004, for Christopher Bishop, as a gift to Elizabeth Jane Howard.

Organ works

The 1958 Sonata for Organ, performed by Norman Harper on the organ of St. George's Cathedral, Southwark, will be released on Signum in 2022 - watch this space for details.

The 1958 Sonata for Organ 3rd Movement, played by Tim Harper, recorded live in concert, Florinskirche, Koblenz, 28 July 2019:  here on the Peter Tranchell YouTube channel.

The 1958 Sonata is also included on the Commemoration CD, recorded by Norman Harper on the Klais organ of Gonville & Caius College (see below).

The commemoration CD

The commemoration CD.

Music from Caius

Various tracks on Music from Caius, 1985, Vista Records (out of print, but remaining copies can be purchased from Gonville and Caius College - please contact the Choir Administrator - or 2nd-hand copies can be found on the internet).

Music from Caius LP front cover, 1985