Henry Croswell et al. in St Clement's Church, Clements Lane, City of London - 27 May, 1877, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 108:

O[rgan]. –Good, renovated, ornate and finely played.

C[hoir]. – There were some trained soloists who were splendid.  The New Mitre Hymn Book was in use.

[The congregation numbered] 120 – The church was comfortably filled!  Probably they were residents.

[…]

M[iscellaneous]. – "The singers go before, the minstrels follow after".  It was a rich musical treat.  The Anthem was "O rest in the Lord" - heavenly!  It was a perfect Anglican musical service.  It was High Church but I saw no cross or candles.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 108. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1547210645612 accessed: 9 August, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Clement's Church, Clements Lane, City of London

Listeners

Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher
1840-1893

Listening to

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hymns chosen from the New Mitre-Hymnal performed by the choir and organist of St Clement's Church City of London
'O rest in the Lord'
written by Felix Mendelssohn
performed by members of the choir and organist of St Clement's Church City of London
Anglican church music including an anthem performed by the choir and organist of St Clement's Church City of London

Experience Information

Date/Time 27 May, 1877, 07:00 PM
Duration 1 hours 30 minutes
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

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. The record is dated 27/4/77 in the transcript, but its position within the whole indicates that 27 May was intended. ‘The New Mitre-Hymnal’ (1875) was a new and smaller edition of William J. Hall’s popular ‘Psalms and Hymns adapted to the Services of the Church of England (1836), commonly known as the ‘Mitre Hymn Book’ after the bishop’s mitre embossed on the front cover.


Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 11 Jan 2019 12:44:06 +0000
Approved on Mon, 29 Jun 2020 12:32:11 +0100