Frequently Asked Questions
Recording - questions and answers
Publishing - questions and answers
1. Why would I want to make a recording?
2. Is it possible to record on a budget?
3. How much planning does a recording need?
4. Can my CDs look like those in the shops?
5. Does my musical performance have to be perfect on CD?
1. Why would I want to make a
Recordings are an excellent tool for fund-raising, promotion
or marketing. They make good mementos of a particular concert, service,
or event. They can be used as a landmark - 'this is what our choir
was like in 1999 - compare it to the choir now!'
2. Is it possible to record on
Yes, always. We will help to reduce costs without compromising the
integrity of your recording project. Cost-saving measures include
using high-quality monochrome line printing in the place of colour,
making a single session recording instead of sessions spread across
several days, and choosing the best number of CDs to get a balance
between fulfilling demand and benefitting from ordering in quantity.
We are proud to offer a full range of recording and manufacturing
options, ensuring that we can meet your requirements, whether they
are on a budget, or commercially minded.
3. How much planning does a recording
Your recording project should be well-planned to get the best result
for the least cost. We provide comprehensive help and information
to help you plan with every recording package. Read the Planning
a Recording page for more information.
4. Can my CDs look like those
in the shops?
Yes. Commercial retail CDs are pressed and screenprinted, with the
inlays being offset printed - these are all standard on our recording
packages of 500+, and all commercial recording packages.
Our Professional packages (up to 499 CDs) use CD-R and digital
printing techniques, but are very similar in appearance and quality.
5. Does my musical performance
have to be perfect on CD?
Not necessarily! A CD is just a recording of a performance - there
is no such thing as a 'CD-quality performance'. Don't feel intimidated
by the technology - it is there to record whatever you decide.
1. What standard does the music reach?
2. What is the quality of the printed score?
3. Does you replace worn-out or damaged scores?
4. Will you publish my written music?
1. What standard does the music
The music is aimed at various standards from beginner/small choirs
to highly proficient/experienced choirs. The level of difficulty
is clearly marked in the catalogue to help you choose suitable music.
All of the music we publish is of a high standard of writing -
we don't publish everything we receive, and we don't choose music
on the basis of whether it will sell well. We try to offer a good
choice of music for every occasion, but all of it of a good standard.
2. What is the quality of the
Our printed scores are of a similar quality to those of any music
publisher. Our papers have been carefully selected for look, feel,
and legibility. Our digital printing process produces a crisp and
clean print quality which is of a very high standard.
3. Will you replace worn-out or
We are happy to replace octavo scores at half-price, providing that
the old score is returned in each case. We offer this service because
we trust the durability of our printed scores, to eliminate unnecessary
costs for choirs, and to provide a positive and practical alternative
to illegal photocopying.
4. Will you publish my written
We are happy to receive manuscripts which conform to our general
field of music. We will review each manuscript carefully, and will
give honest and constructive feedback in every case by email (or
by post on receipt of an SAE). We cannot return your manuscript
unless you enclose an SAE in any case.
Please bear in mind that our standards are necessarily very high,
and we reserve the right to reject your manuscript for any reason.
However, that should not deter you from submitting your work!