Henry Croswell et al. in All Saints' Church, Margaret Street, Fitzrovia, London - 25 November, 1883, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 361:

O[rgan]. – Fine, large with pipes on both sides but too loudly played.

H[ymns]. – A. & M.  The Guide [Mackeson's] says 'not like mine' - do they mean the old edition?

C[hoir]. – They think themselves perfect singing gregorians.  The psalms were beautiful yet too florid for me.  They are paid.  The Anthem was 'O sing unto the Lord'.  It was loud.

[The congregation numbered] 650 – The men's side was full.  Nearly all were …   more >>

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 361. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552931979607 accessed: 8 August, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: All Saints' Church, Margaret Street, Fitzrovia, London

Listeners

Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher
1840-1893

Listening to

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Anglican church music including Gregorian chant performed by the choir and organist of All Saints' Church Margaret Street
hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M' performed by the choir and organist of All Saints' Church Margaret Street
'O Sing Unto the Lord' performed by the choir and organist of All Saint's Church Margaret Street
psalm singing performed by the choir and organist of All Saints' Church Margaret Street

Experience Information

Date/Time 25 November, 1883, 07:00 PM
Duration 1 hours
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. Charles Mackeson’s ‘A Guide to the Churches of London and its Suburbs’ was published annually during the late nineteenth century. It listed details about the clergy, organist and choir, services, style of churchmanship and music, architecture, etc. Croswell mentions the Guide in his records from 1881 onwards.


Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:59:40 +0000
Approved on Thu, 16 Jul 2020 07:51:03 +0100