A discography for the Het Moeder Kerk Koor in chronological order based on matrix numbers sourced from Alan Kelly's research on the history of the Gramophone Company. The two tracks recorded for the 12" disc were made in March but it is not clear on what day:
Het Moeder Kerk Koor, cond. by G. Denholm Walker, Cape Town, March 1912
100AL Nu Zijn Dag taak is gedaan (The day Thou gavest Lord is ended)
101AL Rust mijn Ziel (Rest my soul) (A4702, Z-044752)
Het Moeder Kerk Koor, cond. by G. Denholm Walker, Cape Town, March 6, 1912
885ak Rots der Eeuwen (Rock of ages) (4124, X-44836)
886ak God is ons Hoop en Kracht (God is our hope and strength) (4106, X-44832)
Het Moeder Kerk Koor, cond. by G. Denholm Walker, Cape Town, March 11, 1912
896ak Leer mij, O Heer (Teach me, O God) (4106, X-44833)
897ak Och had ik de Vlengelen (O that I had wings) (4123, X-44834)
898ak Rots der Eeuwen (Rock of Ages) (4105, X-44830)
Het Moeder Kerk Koor, cond. by G. Denholm Walker, Cape Town, March 14, 1912
917ak O kom laat ons bidden (O come let us worship) (4123, XX-44835)
919ak Heft aan met Geweld (Break forth into joy) (4104, X-44828)
920ak Looft den Heer O my Ziel (Praise the Lord O my soul) (4104, X-44829)
Het Moeder Kerk Koor, cond. by G. Denholm Walker, Cape Town, March 18, 1912
935ak Gezang 22 (4090, X-44824)
937ak Psalm 146, Verzen 1-3 en 8 (Psalm 146, Verses 1-3 and 8) (4090, X-44825)
Het Moeder Kerk Koor, cond. by G. Denholm Walker, Cape Town, March 20, 1912
949ak Heilig, Heilig, Heilig (Holy, Holy, Holy) (4105, X-44831)
950ak De beste Vriend (What a friend we have in Jesus) (4091, X-44827)
951ak Roem in het Kruis (When I survey the wondrous cross) (4074, X-44814)
952ak O God van Bethel (O God of Bethel) (4074, X-44815)
953ak De trouwe herder (The Good Shepherd) (4155, X-44853)
954ak De rust Dag (The Sabbath) (4155, X-44852)
956ak Zyt gij moede (Art thou weary?) (4091, X-44826)
958ak De dag breekt aan (The day Thou gavest Lord) (4124, X-44837)
Het Moeder Kerk Koor, cond. by G. Denholm Walker, Cape Town, March 21, 1912
962ak Gezang 39 (4125, X-44838)
963ak Gezang 49 (4125, X-44839)
966ak Redt de verloren gaan (Rescue the perishing) (4156, X-44855)
967ak Voorwaarts Christen stryders (Onward Christian soldiers) (Sullivan)
HET MOEDER KERK KOOR
This disc is one of six 12" records issued in the Zonophone 4000 series.
The UK based Gramophone Company Limited (home to labels like His Master's Voice and Zonophone) was one of the first companies to issue South African music and had sent a recording engineer George Walter Dillnutt there with a mobile unit in March and April of 1912. The unit recorded material in Johannesburg and Cape Town that was subsequently issued on 78 rpm shellac discs and marketed in South Africa as the 4000 series on the company's Zonophone Twin label. The company would continue making recordings in the 1920s and 30s at its head office in London. The label pictured above shows the first design used in the 4000 series with The Twin logo.
The choir recorded at least 24 hymns in Cape Town in March 1912 under the direction of G. Denholm Walker. The tracks are titled in Dutch, but the label genre notes "Afrikaan Vocal". Because of the age of the record, I cannot tell if the songs are sung in Dutch or Afrikaans. Afrikaans replaced Dutch as an official language in South Africa in 1925.
This particular record was part of a personal collection of 78 rpms that were owned by ethnomusicologist Percival Kirby. To be sure, Kirby made hand-written notes on many of the labels. At some point the discs were acquired by, Johannesburg collector, Warren Siebrits who subsequently passed them onto the Flat International archive.
Many thanks to Warren Siebrits for leading me to this record! Also I am indebted to Alan Kelly for his tireless research on the discography of the Gramophone Company.