Henry Croswell et al. in St Mary the Virgin Church, Aldermanbury, City of London - 29 September, 1878, 06:30 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 129:
O[rgan]. – At the East end, well played.
H[ymns]. – A. & M. sung quietly and with expression.
C[hoir]. – Six men, professionals, and ten boys, surpliced. They took the parts finely though the singing was not congregational.
[The congregation numbered] 50 – The congregation was devout, not High Church, but is this of vital importance here.?
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 129. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1547482907824 accessed: 29 November, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Mary the Virgin Church Aldermanbury|
|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the choir and organist of St Mary the Virgin Church Aldermanbury|
|Date/Time||29 September, 1878, 06:30 PM|
|Duration||1 hours 35 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. ‘Hymns Ancient and Modern for use in the Services of the Church’ (1861; Appendix, 1868; Second edition, 1875; Supplement, 1889) was envisaged as an anthology of the best hymns available and became the most widely-used hymnbook in the Church of England during the late nineteenth century. William Henry Monk (1823–89) was musical editor.