Henry Croswell et al. in St Saviour's Church, St George's Square, Pimlico, London - 1 July, 1883, 07:20 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 341:
We lost our way and made a muddle of things. I must select one church before starting.
O[rgan]. – Rather too much of it.
H[ymns]. – A & M., a nice ordinary selection.
C[hoir]. – Large, surpliced and well trained. The Psalms were Oxford and Cambridge and Helmore.
[The congregation numbered] 400 – […] I suppose it is better attended in the morning.
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. 341. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552663445859 accessed: 6 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music including psalms||performed by the choir and organist of St Saviour's Church St George's Square|
|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the choir and organist of St Saviour's Church St George's Square|
|Date/Time||1 July, 1883, 07:20 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. Thomas Helmore (1811–90) was the acknowledged authority on the use of plainchant in Anglican worship during the nineteenth century. He pointed the English Psalter for use with the plainchant psalm tones, which was published as the 'Psalter Noted' in 1849.