Henry Croswell et al. in St Saviour's Church, South Hampstead, London - 12 December, 1880, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 232:
We got there as the bell stoppped [sic] and left before the beginning of the Sermon.
O[rgan]. – Fine; softly and nicely played.
H[ymns]. – A. & M., an interesting anthem and selection.
C[hoir]. – Large, surpliced - gentlemen and lads - a treat after S. Clement's shouting!
[The congregation numbered] 700 – Only 62 seats free! And all were filled early. A mob of swells were kept waiting until the beginning of the Psalms. We were pressed by all to have a proper seat.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 232. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551182249141 accessed: 20 March, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music including an anthem||performed by the choir and organist of St Saviour's Church South Hampstead|
|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the choir and organist of St Saviour's Church South Hampstead|
|Date/Time||12 December, 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.