Henry Croswell et al. in St Andrew's Church, New Kent Road, Newington, London - 31 October, 1880, 06:30 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 225:
We left in the middle of the sermon at 7.45.
O[rgan]. – Small, possibly temporary
H[ymns]. – S.P.C.K., ordinary.
C[hoir]. – A great many young men and boys unsurpliced.
[The congregation numbered] 600 – A fine representative gathering with many men, young women, poor lads and children, all well behaved.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 225. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551116856215 accessed: 4 February, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|hymns selected from 'Church Hymns'||performed by the choir and organist of St Andrew's Church New Kent Road|
|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Andrew's Church New Kent Road|
|Date/Time||31 October, 1880, 06:30 PM|
|Duration||1 hours 15 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. The S.P.C.K. (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge) hymnbook refers to ‘Church Hymns’ (1871) and/or ‘Church Hymns with Tunes (1874, under the musical editorship of Arthur Sullivan). 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.