Late spring is always a busy time in the library. Students are working on papers, end-of-the-school-year events take place in many of our larger spaces, and class reunion season begins. Alums often request materials that they and their classmates can use during the reunion celebrations. Most frequently, they’re looking for images, old yearbooks, and other published materials that date from the time that they attended Exeter. But occasionally they request audio, such as a recording of the student vocal ensemble known as the Peadquacs*. A couple of years ago we received a request for a CD copy of a 1955 split LP featuring both the Peadquacs and an instrumental group known as the Royal Exonians. Since we only had the vinyl version of the album, and we had the equipment in-house to digitize the recording, we were happy to oblige.
To hear a track from that recording – it’s the 1955 Peadquacs singing the “Old Cherry Orchard” – please click the play button below.
*Peadquacs stands for Phillips Exeter Academy Double Quartet After Concert Society