Henry Croswell et al. in St Luke's Church, West Holloway, Islington, London - 24 December, 1876, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 99:
Christmass [sic] Eve
O[rgan]. – Medium in the West Gallery.
C[hoir]. – Eight ladies and four men. The congregation were invited to sing. The Priest's stalls and the choir stalls were invaded by the congregation.
[The congregation numbered] 700 but it was a sloshy, miserable night.
M[iscellaneous]. – There was the usual fashionable Low Church congregation with little show of outward devotion. The Church was beautifully decorated for Christmass [sic].
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 99. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1547140325783 accessed: 1 April, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir organist and congregation of St Luke's Church, Holloway|
|Date/Time||24 December, 1876, 07:00 PM|
|Duration||1 hours 40 minutes|
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, indoors, in public|
Henry Croswell (1840–93) kept a record of his visits to churches in London over a period of more than twelve years (1872–85). He made methodical notes about the number of clergy, the churchmanship, the congregation, the sermon and the church architecture, as well as commenting on the music that he heard (the organ, the hymns and the choir). The above listening experience has been extracted from one of these records.