Henry Croswell et al. in St Michael's Church, Bingfield Street, Islington, London - 18 September, 1881, 06:30 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 270:
O[rgan]. – Small and ordinary.
H[ymns]. – Bickers - "chapelified"
C[hoir]. – Lads and boys, unsurpliced. Some of them had curiously funny voices.
[The congregation numbered] 100 – Doubtless, the pick of the neighbourhood. The surroundings are very poor.
S[ermon]. – We didn't stop to it because there was communion after. It was better to leave before the sermon than before communion, I thought.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 270. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551359504814 accessed: 2 February, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Michael's Church Bingfield Street|
|hymns selected from the 'Hymnal Companion'||performed by the choir and organist of St Michael's Church Bingfield Street|
|Date/Time||18 September, 1881, 06:30 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. ‘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).