Henry Croswell et al. in St Augustine's Church, Queen's Gate, South Kensington, London - 30 December, 1883, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 366:
P[riests]. – The Vicar, Chope, the musician etc. […]
O[rgan]. – Large, divided half each side.
H[ymns]. – There are gregorians and a special Hymnary but there were carols instead of hymns.
C[hoir]. – Very large with banners, cross etc. There was a procession all round the church.
[The congregation numbered] 650 – It was a fine gathering in a free church. The side aisles were not at all full. It was not a dry … more >>
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 366. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552993239447 accessed: 29 March, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Carols||performed by the choir and organist of St Augustine's Church Queen's Gate|
|Anglican church music including Gregorian chant||performed by the choir and organist of St Augustine's Church Queen's Gate|
|Date/Time||30 December, 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. Richard Robert Chope (1830–1928) was the first vicar of St Augustine’s, South Kensington, a church that was built by special request of his parishioners to accommodate his preferred Anglo-Catholic form of liturgy. Chope took a lively interest in church music, compiling a new hymnal in 1857, and, whilst at St Augustine’s, ‘Carols for Use in Church: During Christmas and Epiphany’ (1875), with Herbert S. Irons as musical editor, and containing an introductory essay by Sabine Baring Gould championing the use of carols as a popular vehicle for the teaching of Christian doctrine.