Henry Croswell et al. in Hanover Church, Regent Street, West End of London - 31 December, 1882, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 315:
O[rgan]. – Moderately good; well played.
H[ymns]. – A. & M. including a long one for the New Year, and a general one not striking.
C[hoir]. – Large, surpliced, moderate singers.
[The congregation numbered] 350 – […] Probably there are many more in the morning. It was not a wealthy lot that I saw.
S[ermon]. – We didn't stop.
M[iscellaneous]. – […] This does not seem a very successful church.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 315. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552411726136 accessed: 28 March, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of Hanover Church Regent Street|
|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the choir and organist of Hanover Church Regent Street|
|Date/Time||31 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.