Henry Croswell et al. in St Barnabas' Church, Bell Street, Marylebone, London - 15 July, 1883, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 343:
O[rgan]. – Finely and softly played by Professor Lohr, R.A.M. (1881).
H[ymns]. – A. & M. and a lovely elaborate Anthem. Psalter - Cathedral - very much so.
C[hoir]. – A too musical service, I suppose. It was good singing but to me some sung as if "sick". I don't appreciate it. It is not at all congregational and, therefore, wrong.
[The congregation numbered] 130 – The ordinary kind and hardly any poor, some High, some old … more >>
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 343. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552665746456 accessed: 23 March, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music including an anthem||performed by Professor Lohr, the choir of St Barnabas' Church Bell Street|
|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by Professor Lohr, the choir of St Barnabas' Church Bell Street|
|Date/Time||15 July, 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.