Henry Croswell et al. in St Peter's Church, Vere Street, Marylebone, London - 24 June, 1883, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 339:
O[rgan]. – Finely played.
H[ymns]. – A. & M., the old Edition and the Anthem "The Lord is my shepherd". The Psalter was Cathedral and as good.
C[hoir]. – Nearly perfectly trained - a treat, good singing and behaviour. They were surpliced and sang parts.
[The congregation numbered] 500 – A select number with many swells and no poor. I saw some "Mashers" in the free seats. They were mostly very reverent and all well-behaved.
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. 339. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552585545997 accessed: 27 March, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Date/Time||24 June, 1883, 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. ‘The Cathedral Psalter’ with chants, edited by Joseph Barnby, Samuel Flood Jones, John Stainer, John Troutbeck and James Turle, was first published in 1874, and remained widely used in the Anglican church until the 1950s.