Henry Croswell et al. in St Augustine's Church, Archway Road, Highgate, London - 30 September, 1883, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 353:
O[rgan]. – Very small indeed played by a young man who was quite an amateur and couldn't play the Psalms.
H[ymns]. – A. & M., a nice ordinary selection.
C[hoir]. – Nine lads and three gentlemen, all perfect except the Reader who seemed rather conceited.
[The congregation numbered] 130 – […] There was a nice representative gathering a great contrat [sic] to S. Stephen's, Pentonville. There were few men but all were most churchy.
M[iscellaneous]. – Everything in the church is most correctly done.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 353. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552922023714 accessed: 10 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the choir and organist of St Augustine's Church Archway Road|
|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Augustine's Church Archway Road|
|Date/Time||30 September, 1883, 07:00 PM|
|Duration||1 hours 05 minutes|
|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.