Henry Croswell et al. in Church of St Mary the Virgin, Crown Street, Soho, London - 17 December, 1882, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 313:
O[rgan]. – Large, good, dirty, common-looking.
H[ymns]. – A & M., a nice selection but not popular enough for the neighbourhood.
C[hoir]. – Good. Six men and ten boys. It was Anglican cathedral singing and certainly good.
[The congregation numbered] 2 males, 12 females, 12 children. A feeble and unenthusiastic congregation. […] All is desolation. It is High Church with all the vitality taken out. No interest is… more >>
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 313. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552409923562 accessed: 4 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of the Church of St Mary the Virgin Crown Street|
|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the choir and organist of the Church of St Mary the Virgin Crown Street|
|Date/Time||17 December, 1882, 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.