Henry Croswell et al. in Emmanuel Church, Hornsey Road, Holloway, London - 18 July, 1880, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 214:
O[rgan]. – Very small, nicely placed.
H[ymns]. – Bickers. Two were in the Hymns A. & M., two were dissenting.
C[hoir]. – Four young gentlemen, four ladies, three gentlemen. Bourke is Choirmaster.
[The congregation numbered] 200 – Middle class congregation, some antiquated. All very attentive and very Low of the dissenting sort. Are they qualifying for chapel?
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 214. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551095590388 accessed: 7 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of Emmanuel Church Hornsey Road|
|hymns selected from the 'Hymnal Companion'||performed by the choir and organist of Emmanuel Church Hornsey Road|
|Date/Time||18 July, 1880, 07:00 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. ‘Bickers’ refers to ‘The Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer’ (1870, rev. 1877; and in a revised edition with tunes, 1890) compiled by Edward Henry Bickersteth (1825–1906). ‘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.