Henry Croswell et al. in St Dunstan-in-the-East Church, Idol Lane, City of London - 14 March, 1880, 11:00 AM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 193:
O[rgan]. – In the West Gallery; not remarkable.
H[ymns]. – A. & M., a Lenten selection.
C[hoir]. – Six lads and four young females, badly behaved. They sung like Charity children.
[The congregation numbered] 12 including six old women (loavers). Very roomy seats in a large church.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 193. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1549041025905 accessed: 17 May, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Dunstan-in-the-East Church Idol Lane|
|Lenten hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the choir and organist of St Dunstan-in-the-East Church Idol Lane|
|Date/Time||14 March, 1880, 11:00 AM|
|Duration||1 hours 45 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.