The idea of creating a database of old Salvation Army 78rpm recordings was started by Ian Barton in 1998.
In January 2005, after 40 years in the work force, Ian retired from full time employment and dedicated more of his time to building a unique and historical database of recordings which are no longer available. From around the world he received 78s, EPs, LPs, Cassettes and CDs that contributed towards the growth of the Regal Zonophone archive database. Whilst the recordings became a reminder of his younger days playing in a Salvation Army Band, Ian wanted to share with others his passion for Salvation Army music.
The British record label, Regal Zonophone was formed in 1932, following the merger of the Regal and Zonophone labels.
Over a 30 year period, The Salvation Army recorded many of its fine bands and songster brigades on this label. These old 78s followed by EP and LP records provide an encapsulated history of The Salvation Army and its musical heritage.
Ian has spent many hours creating and maintaing this unique database of Salvation Army recordings single handed.
He now wants to spend more time with another passion: caravanning. Citadel Promotions are pleased to be able to step in and help maintain and grow this exciting project. Our aim is to continue the work started by Ian and promote the variety of excellent recorded music from Salvation Army sections to a wider audience.
The company was founded with the objective of providing musicians, authors and concert promoters the opportunity to develop in their chosen field or project.
Maintaining the heritage of Salvation Army music making through the Regal Zonophone website, Citadel Promotions aims to preserve the heritage for future generations.