Henry Croswell et al. in St Simon Zelotes Church, Bethnal Green, East End of London - 20 June, 1880, 06:40 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 211:
[Croswell recorded that the service began at 6.30pm, but] We got there at 6.40.
O[rgan]. – Small, not well played.
H[ymns]. – A. & M. Nice popular hymns and mostly popular tunes.
C[hoir]. – Twelve lads, surpliced and well behaved. There was moderate good singing and no shouting.
[The congregation numbered] 35 – The males were absent as usual.
M[iscellaneous]. – I saw a nurse and deaconess.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 211. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551092388886 accessed: 1 October, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Simon Zelotes Church Bethnal Green|
|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the choir and organist of St Simon Zelotes Church Bethnal Green|
|Date/Time||20 June, 1880, 06:40 PM|
|Duration||1 hours 10 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.