British Army officers et al. in Bethlehem - 23 November, 1917

from Diary entry by Ronald Storrs, 24 December 1917, page 293:

The ritual seemed best performed by eight little scarlet-robed Syrian acolytes. The singing which proceeded from a choir behind the altar was credible (canons and simple frugal movements being attempted) rather than agreeable, and could anyway never have done much good with an organ composed exclusively of the cheapest and tinniest reeds. About forty British officers sitting behind us, and on out left including eleven up in the pulpit, the crowd.
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Ronald Storrs, Diary entry by Ronald Storrs, 24 December 1917. In Orientations (London, 1939), p. 293. accessed: 19 June, 2024

location of experience: Bethlehem


Ronald Storrs
Civil Servant British Foreign and Colonial Office, amateur pianist, Military Governor of Jerusalem diplomat, amateur pianist

Listening to

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unspecified church music performed by choir of Franciscan Church Bethlehem

Experience Information

Date/Time 23 November, 1917
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Helen Chambers on Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:22:09 +0000