Henry Croswell et al. in All Saints' Church, Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London - 28 November, 1880, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 230:
Got there as the service was just beginning and left in the middle of the sermon.
O[rgan]. – Perched up in the West Gallery.
H[ymns]. – A & M, the old Edition, a dry selection.
C[hoir]. – Five men and nine lads in the West Gallery - not much of singers.
[The congregation numbered] 100 – A curious collection of respectable nobodies, all very decorous and dull. There is no life, but of … more >>
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 230. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551179322259 accessed: 8 August, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of All Saints' Church Gordon Square|
|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the choir and organist of All Saints' Church Gordon Square|
|Date/Time||28 November, 1880, 07:00 PM|
|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.