This recording was found on a casette tape belonging to Hanna Kist Stevenson who was in the chorale at the time.
This was the night of our Registry Office Wedding on September 2nd 1983. The landlady at the White Horse on the Sussex Downs laid on a spread for us and the Copper Family sang their hearts out between the chat. Unforgettable. Sadly, the recording is incomplete.
The last of the batch of old recordings from my days at the Wildfowl Trust in Arundel. This one is about gulls at the local tip, with Ken Smith from the RSPB. It was bitterly old and windy so the resuts from a recording point of view are not great. It's so much easier to edit and mix today, but wind and traffic noise are just as much a problem now as they were then.
Back in the late 1980's I was the education officer at the Wildfowl Trust's reserve at Arundel. My friend Ken Smith had the same role with the RSPB, based in Shoreham and together we made schools' broadcasts for BBC Radio Solent, using an old Uher reel-to-reel recorder. It wasn't an easy thing to do in those days and, depite the obvious amatuerishness of the results, I'm rather enjoying listening to them for the feist time in 30 years!