Henry Croswell et al. in St Peter's Church, Bethnal Green, East End of London - 20 April, 1879, 06:30 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 151:
O[rgan]. – Well played by a Lay Reader.
H[ymns]. – Church Hymns but an evangelical selection.
C[hoir]. – Surpliced in bed gowns. The boys are paid but they are no singers.
[The congregation numbered] 40 – Besides children of whom there were forty. I thought it miserable few.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 151. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1547657470948 accessed: 4 October, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|hymns selected from 'Church Hymns'||performed by the choir and organist of St Peter's Church Bethnal Green|
|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Peter's Church Bethnal Green|
|Date/Time||20 April, 1879, 06:30 PM|
|Duration||1 hours 20 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. ‘Church Hymns’ (1871) and ‘Church Hymns with Tunes’ (1874) were publications of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (S.P.C.K.), under the musical editorship of Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900). This collection was the most successful of the competitors to ‘Hymns Ancient and Modern’ in the late nineteenth century, containing a larger number of hymns overall, and more hymns specifically intended for children and young people.