Henry Croswell et al. in The Church of St James the Less, Westminster, London - 29 July, 1883, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 347:

O[rgan]. – Fine and well played - perhaps too perfect. 

H[ymns]. – A. & M. - a very good selection - a treat. 

Psalms - Westminster.

C[hoir]. – Large, surpliced with good singing as in all these Westminster churches.  My young companion exclaimed "No cassocks!" in surprise.

[The congregation numbered] 380 – The congregation were all respectable.  Seven little boys in front of us were interesting.

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Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 347. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552909431137 accessed: 5 July, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: The Church of St James the Less, Westminster, London

Listeners

Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher
1840-1893

Listening to

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hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M' performed by the choir and organist of the Church of St James the Less Westminster
Anglican church music performed by the choir and organist of the Church of St James the Less Westminster

Experience Information

Date/Time 29 July, 1883, 07:00 PM
Duration 45 minutes
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

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.


Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:43:52 +0000
Approved on Wed, 15 Jul 2020 10:02:33 +0100