Henry Croswell et al. in St Michael's Church, Camden Road, Camden Town, London - 9 October, 1881, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 273:
O[rgan]. – Perhaps temporary, nicely and softly played.
H[ymns]. – A & M., a popular selection.
C[hoir]. – Large, surpliced, moderate singing. All bowed before the Altar.
[The congregation numbered] 700 – I judged these figures. It was an average sort of congregation. Many certainly were not churchy. The sidesmen were swells and the sexes were separated in the nave.
M[iscellaneous]. – […] It is High Church and was consecrated only ten days ago.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 273. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551366642464 accessed: 7 July, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Michael's Church Camden Road|
|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the choir and organist of St Michael's Church Camden Road|
|Date/Time||9 October, 1881, 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. ‘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.