About us

Our organist

The discs were recorded by John Keys at the organs of St. Mary's Church, Nottingham and Nottingham High School. John has diplomas from the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in organ playing, was assistant organist at Chester Cathedral and organ scholar at New College, Oxford. He continued his organ studies at the Conservatoire in Geneva under Lionel Rogg. He is director of music at St Mary's Church, Nottingham, Nottingham City Organist, the organist of Nottingham University, and in 2009 was made an Honorary Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians.

We always welcome suggestions for new tracks or CDs, though we can’t promise to record them. Please drop us an email at info@cul.co.uk with any suggestions you might have.
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The best way of getting in touch with us is by email at info@cul.co.uk

Alternatively, you can phone us at 0117-230-7123 or write to us at

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See John in action at the organ

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Albinoni Adagio

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Dam Busters and Colonel Bogey

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Lo He Comes with Clouds Descending

Bit rates

The MP3 format used on our Ultimate/Mixed/Master sets and the downloads from iTunes and Amazon is compressed. This means that you get more music in the same amount of space and the download is speeded up, but the sound quality isn’t quite as good as, say, a CD.

Downloads from iTunes and Amazon are at a 256 kbps bit rate. This is difficult to distinguish from a CD. By default our Ultimate, Mixed and Master sets on DVD come with a 128 kbps bit rate. This makes the files significantly smaller so that they take up less room on your computer/MP3 player, but the quality isn’t quite as good. In our experience, most sound systems in churches are not good enough to make the distinction apparent, so 128 kbps is fine, but should you prefer a higher bit rate we can provide enhanced discs at 256 kbps at a small extra charge. (We did experiment with 320 kbps as well, but no one could hear the difference.) Note that the Master set at 256 kbps takes up around 11.5 Gb.

If you are concerned about bit rates, you can download a set of samples at different bit rates by clicking here.

Licensing of our CDs and downloads

We recognise that increasingly there are multiple churches in a parish or benefice, and so a single purchase of our CDs and downloads is licensed for use in up to four churches, as long as they are in the same parish or benefice. If you want a licence to cover more churches, please drop us an email at info@cul.co.uk with the details.

Searching for a specific hymn or tune

If you are looking for a specific hymn, just pop over to our Library page, which lists all tracks in alphabetical order of the name of the hymn.

If you want to see if we have a specific tune, most of them have a name. You can search the Library page for a tune name by using the Find option on your browser, which searches within the current page you are looking at. This can usually be activated by Ctrl-F on the keyboard (Cmd-F on a Mac) or by looking for ‘Find…’ in either the browser’s Edit menu, or its drop down list of controls, usually accessed from a button with three horizontal bars.

Customer comments

I just downloaded God of Our Fathers to use at Mass for our fallen soldiers. You just gave me one of the greatest musical gifts that I could get. The arrangement of this piece is superb and so is the musicianship of the performance. The harmony and execution is so perfect, it made me cry. Thank you so very much for your talent, time, generosity and wonderful sensitivity to the music. Carol Williams, Florida

Many thanks for quick delivery and great communication. Excellent piano accompaniments! I have been listening to them all day today whilst on half term from being a teacher! Alexandra King, Kings Lynn UK

I just wanted to write to say how thrilled we are by your superb organ playing via CD in our church... Since operating the remote controls to play back your music from the organ seat I have several times been congratulated on my superb playing and many others must have been astonished at how my playing has improved! Anthony Clay (St Mary's Longstowe, Cambridgeshire)

I have just received 12 CDs of your organ accompaniments. I am absolutely delighted with my purchase... Your CDs are just the ticket. Now we can have one of the best organists around, to help us give vent "Beltissimo", on occasions when we have no organist. The hymns are wonderfully played. I commend you for what you have done, and I thank you sincerely. John Tait (St Michael & All Angels, Corkbeg, Co. Cork)

I deeply appreciate the Hymn Track that we purchased from you a few months ago. It was absolutely marvelous and, once we played over our system, several people came forward after our worship service somewhat bewildered and said, "I had no idea we had a Pipe Organ here..." Rick Redmond, Chicago

"...a total of 138 favourites, played by John Keys, the organist of Nottingham University. Some are arranged seasonally by festival; others fall under the 'general' category - including marvellous examples like Who Would True Valour See." Times Educational Supplement (TES)

"We have no organist here at St. James House retirement and Nursing Home in Baytown, Texas, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas...Thank you for making this remarkable contribution for our Chapel Services here in Baytown, Texas. The congregation was very happy and may we say, the Chaplain, responding to the Organ hymns, preached a fine sermon as well. THANK YOU." Reverend and Mrs. Charles H. Brown

Our team

  • John Keys - our organist - John has diplomas from the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in organ playing, was assistant organist at Chester Cathedral and organ scholar at New College, Oxford. He continued his organ studies at the Conservatoire in Geneva under Lionel Rogg. He is director of music at St Mary's Church, Nottingham and the organist of Nottingham University. See www.johnkeys.co.uk for more on John.
  • Wendy Williams - our producer - Wendy doubles as recording engineer and production manager. In her day job she is a professional translator, specializing in technical work.
  • Brian Clegg - proprietor of this website, Brian is choirmaster of a village church in Wiltshire. In his day job he is an author of popular science books - see www.brianclegg.net for details of Brian's books.
  • Grahame Whitehead - administrator - head of the German department of a secondary school, Grahame knows his hymns and contributes to all stages of the production process.

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