Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of Harold Langston. David Lewer has kept meticulous records of ex-Temple choristers, but all trace of Langston has been lost. Rumour had it that after going into farming, he emigrated to Canada.
Additional notes from "The Better Land - Volume IV"
He comes from Whitley Bay, Northumberland. It will probably not be long before we hear his voice on record. ...The Sound Wave, January, 1929
On volume two of The Better Land , seventy years after it was committed to wax, we featured the voice of Harold Langston, the Temple Church chorister of which all trace had been lost. Then, quite by chance, Harold's son, Raymond and his wife walked into the Temple Church when the archivist, David Lewer happened to be working. Raymond was visiting London from Toronto and was curious about his father's early life. I visited Harold, now in a rest home in Toronto, and Raymond told me the remarkable story.
Harold Langston was born in 1916. After winning a major music festival in Northumberland at the age of eleven, he was discovered by the then Mr. George Thalben-Ball who was searching for experienced boys to join the Temple Church Choir, following the departure of the four senior boys, Ernest Lough, Douglas Horton, Jack Salisbury and Ron Mallett after many years' service. Mr. Ball persuaded Mrs. Langston to send Harold to Temple early in 1929, where he lodged with Billy and Noel Arnold, fellow choristers. The principal soloists at this time were Tim Leibe, head boy, and Denis Barthel, second boy.
Denis Barthel made his first record, Remember now thy creator in 1930 as a duet with Harold, but it was never published until it was featured on volume two of The Better Land . Although Denis had many published discs, Harold's were never released. Four masters were recorded and we are pleased to feature one of his finest, I will sing of thy great mercies by Mendelssohn, which was recorded on 31st December, 1929. We hope to feature the others on Amphion's forthcoming CD celebrating the music of The Temple Church.
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