Henry Croswell et al. in St Katherine Coleman Church, Fenchurch Street, City of London - 22 February, 1880, 11:15 AM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 189:
We left at 12.40 before it was quite over.
O[rgan]. – Awfully out of tune but quite refreshing that there was no £2000 organ!
H[ymns]. – Church Hymns, nice selection.
C[hoir]. – Five girls in the Organ loft.
[The congregation numbered] 11 including sundry paid officials.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 189. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1549036923986 accessed: 1 October, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|hymns selected from 'Church Hymns'||performed by the choir and organist of St Katherine Coleman Church Fenchurch Street|
|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Katherine Coleman Church Fenchurch Street|
|Date/Time||22 February, 1880, 11:15 AM|
|Duration||1 hours 25 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.