Henry Croswell et al. in St Thomas' Church, Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, London - 10 June, 1883, 06:35 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 337:
We got there at the Confession.
O[rgan]. – Ordinary, in a side gallery. The playing was poor.
H[ymns]. – SONGS OF GRACE and GLORY published by Nisbet. A curiously poor selction [sic] was sung.
C[hoir]. – Eight young women and four men in the organ loft and in front of the organ. It was very poor singing and made the congregation smile.
[The congregation numbered] 160 … more >>
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 337. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552580873983 accessed: 24 September, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|hymns selected from Snepp's 'Songs of Grace and Glory'||performed by the choir and organist of St Thomas' Church Westminster Bridge Road|
|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Thomas' Church Westminster Bridge Road|
|Date/Time||10 June, 1883, 06:35 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. ‘Songs of Grace and Glory’, ed. Charles Busbridge Snepp (1872) contained 1025 hymns of a generally evangelical cast. The music was drawn from a collection by William Henry Havergal (1793–1870), prepared by his daughter, Frances Ridley Havergal (1836–79), together with some new ones composed by her.