The Pioneers, Royal Holloway College

           The first year of men

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This collection consists of about seven hours recording of student functions during 1965 ~ 1968.
Mainly the recordings are of folk music, but there is also rag entertainment, poetry, a carol service, and a short broadcast on Radio London.  As permissions to publish are granted, short clips will be published here.  There is much much more in the Audio Archive BUT YOU NEED TO REGISTER and log in to see this.

CLIPS

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College Choir: This clip is a short extract from the Christmas Carol service of 1966  

Richard Hoyes: Following the reunion, Richard Hoyes has permitted us to include the following clip from his poem, "In reply to your letter".   The background to this is that Dr Roy Miller, warden of Kingswood, sent a letter in 1966 explaining that, due to building delays, the allocation of student rooms would be relocated from the lower-lower ground floor to higher floors but with horizontal co-ordinates of position preserved as far as possible!  Puzzled?  So were we all!  Richards's poem playfully explains how the College was cheated into purchasing and then converting an old nunnery into student accommodation, but which turns out to be admirable for its purpose, despite building delays and those perplexing horizontals.  In the introduction to his poem Richard expresses a concern that he hopes Dr Roy Miller will never hear it.  Oooops - Roy was present when the poem was replayed at the reunion! 

Mervyn Brown: At the moment, we are indebted to Mervyn Brown, who has allowed us to use a short extract from his tale of an irritating young lad with a banjo and his practical joker magician father who were ostracised by their village, but welcomed back when they saved the village from the giant 'Obby Yo Yo'.

Di Rigby: After extensive enquiries, we have finally traced Di Rigby.  She tells us that her life since RHC has been "interesting and chaotic".  That sounds about right!  Di could never keep a straight face for long, as she always saw the amusing side of life.  This out-take from one of her recording sessions is a gem!

Folk Group: Also featured, is the infamous 'three clangs' ~ a sound effect used in the most startling folk song ever produced at RHC, and should be remembered by all Pioneers!  The 'three clangs' were produced by striking the case of one of the Student Union steel dustbins - I wonder if any of them still exist?

 

 

Audio Catalogue

This is the provisional catalogue of the Audio Archive and excludes bands. Title names are, in many cases, guesswork and are for indicative purposes only. If you can identify any of the “artist unknown” acts, or provide correct title names, please contact Brian Vincent.

In order to preserve the ambiance of the original recordings, introductions and applause have been retained. If there is sufficient demand, future releases could include an additional edited version with just the musical content (feedback on this topic would be appreciated).

These recordings are compressed in order to minimise downloading speed from the web. Quality is therefore slightly less than the original. Also, these recordings have received minimal post-production editing; meaning that hum and other recording defects may be noticeable. Subject to demand, consideration will be given to electronically enhancing these recordings and producing a high-quality CD/DVD version.

Di Rigby

Track
Title
KB
Duration
1
Rocking Rolling Riding (includes out-take)
634
2:36
2
While you are young
760
3:08
3
Blisters
435
1:46
4
Lodgings
651
2:40
5
The factory roller Queen
414
1:41
6
Happy Holloway
350
1:25
7
Ruination
420
1:42
8
Little Bow Peep
425
1:43
 
Total
4089
16:41

Mervyn Brown

Track
Title
KB
Duration
1
The Weasel of the night
374
1:31
2
King George
128
0:29
3
School
481
1:57
4
Little Boxes
463
1:53
5
Obby Yo Yo
1220
5:10
 
Total
2666
11:00


Pete, Barney, Sam

Track
Title
KB
Duration
1
Big Feet
545
2:14
2
Fly (sketch)
100
0:21
3
Blue Skies
1070
4:33
4
Spring (sketch)
121
0:27
5
Samuel
847
3:29
6
Roman Legion (joke)
207
0:49
7
Christine
533
2:10
8
London 1942 (sketch)
224
0:53
9
The weasel
525
2:09
10
Times when I need your love
1130
4:49
11
1812 Overture (sketch)
290
1:09
12
Half Past Ten
706
2:54
13
Scotch pipe band (sketch)
281
1:07
14
Brian Henderson composition
583
2:23
15
Harmonica Duet
638
2:37
 
Total
7800
32:04


Rag Ent (Note: Songs by named artists appear under their own headings)

Track
Title
KB
Duration
1
Two poems (Introduction, Boog, Digweed)
622
2:33
2
The House on Egham Hill (song)
967
3:59
3
Monologue (deadpan Peter Cook style)
1290
5:29
4
How to play the Saw
1510
6:25
5
20’s sing-along
1310
5:35
6
Heather Barker
607
2:30
7
Irish Joke
250
0:59
8
The Mayor of Englefield Regis
1650
7:02
9
Faust
3060
13:04
10
Banana Party invite
519
2:07
11
Jokes
1340
5:44
 
Total
13125
55:27


Rag Ent (Musical sketch)

Track
Title
KB
Duration
1
1 Rowland Samuel Kirk Abraham
1520
6:28
2
2 Richard Dray
737
3:02
3
3 Rowland Samuel Kirk Abraham
546
2:14
4
4 Richard Dray
531
2:10
5
5 Rowland Samuel Kirk Abraham
605
2:29
 
Total
 
16:23


The Savoy Opera Society, 1967, Part 1

Track
Title
KB
Duration
1
Introduction
743
3:03
2
Utopia Limited
1020
4:20
3
Iolanfield
613
2:30
4
Patience
840
3:28
5
Rudigor
702
2:53
6
Intro - Yeoman of the Guard
198
0:46
7
Lott, Young, Lodge
411
1:40
8
Steven Wooldridge
497
2:02
9
Felicity Lott, Tis Done
1130
4:48
10
Reprise
1090
4:38
11
Mikado
932
3:51
 
Total
8176
33:59


Nawal Kharusi - Overseas Student

 
Title
KB
Duration
1
Zanzibar my Island
650
2:40
2
Where does it lead
639
2:35
3
Melody de amour
582
2:23
 
Total
1871
07:38


Others

 
Title
KB
Duration
1
Rose King
487
1:59
2
Radio London / Roy Thornton
465
1:53
3
Carol Service Christmas 1966 (extract)
398
1:37
4
In reply to your letter
653
2:41
 
Total
2003
8:10


Artist(s) Unknown

 
Title
KB
Duration
1
Instrumental 1
476
1:57
2
Instrumental 2
315
1:16
3
Instrumental 3
702
2:53
4
Careless Love
795
3:16
5
Amber
979
4:02
6
The answer is blowing in the wind
638
2:37
7
I am an island
644
2:39
8
Tell old bill
785
3:14
9
Tura Lura Loo
494
2:01
10
My Joys and Comforts
629
2:35
11
Ravens
1010
4:18
12
Jamboree
582
2:23
13
The Two Magicians
902
3:43
14
Hounslow Heath
727
2:59
15
Joke
272
1:05
16
Come to my bedside
653
2:41
17
For I am dead
656
2:42
18
Boots of Spanish Leather
1070
4:34
19
Business in America
278
1:06
20
New York City
1006
4:09
21
I hear the rhythm of the rain
545
2:14
22
Every Night
783
3:13
23
Delia’s Gone
522
2:08
24
I ain’t got no money
561
2:18
25
Old Cinnamon
638
2:37
26
Lonesome traveller
387
1:34
27
Were you there
806
3:19
28
My minds distracted
430
1:45
29
Raggedy Girl
417
1:41
30
Jimmy Cruel
607
2:29
31
Wonder where I’m bound
542
2:13
33
I Love you Babe
1004
4:08
34
Freight Train
251
1:00
 
Total
21106
96.46


With-held for future processing (about 5 hours recording)

 

With-held for future processing (about 5 hours recording)

Savoy Opera Society 1967 (part 2, Trial by Jury)
Savoy Opera Society 1968 (part 1, HMS Pinafore)
Savoy Opera Society 1968 (part 2, HMS Pinafore)
Carol Service Christmas 1966
Poetry (Richard Hoyes)
Duplicated recordings
Bands
and various other stuff
Thursday, June 29, 2017