Henry Croswell et al. in St Augustine's Church, Commercial Road East, Stepney, East End of London - 30 May, 1880, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 210:
It was the Dedication Festival.
O[rgan]. – Small, old and worn out.
H[ymns]. – The book used was A. & M. but now is Church Hymns.
C[hoir]. – Four men and twelve boys surpliced. They were not very well behaved which was referred to pointedly in the Sermon.
[The congregation numbered] 150 – Very few males, no … more >>
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 210. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551091620708 accessed: 3 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|hymns selected from 'Church Hymns'||performed by the choir and organist of St Augustine's Church Commercial Road East|
|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Augustine's Church Commercial Road East|
|Date/Time||30 May, 1880, 07:00 PM|
|Duration||1 hours 40 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. ‘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.