Henry Croswell et al. in St Matthew's Church, Commercial Road, Stepney, East End of London - 29 April, 1883, 06:30 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 332:
O[rgan]. – Small, poor, simple.
H[ymns]. – Bickers, the original old edition - a dissenting selection.
C[hoir]. – Not very much good consisting of young females and boys; very poor singing. "O sing unto the Lord …" etc.
[The congregation numbered] 60 – […] There were many elderly men, few young men and maidens, no boys, except a few outside.
S[ermon]. – We didn't stop.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 332. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552576480353 accessed: 10 August, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|hymns selected from the 'Hymnal Companion'||performed by the choir and organist of St Matthew's Church Commercial Road|
|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Matthew's Church Commercial Road|
|Date/Time||29 April, 1883, 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).