Henry Croswell et al. in St Bede's Mission Church, Albany Street, Camden, London - 20 January, 1884, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 369:
[A] rather abridged Evensong.
O[rgan]. – A nice little organ, well played by a lady. It was built by Jones & Son.
H[ymns]. – A good selection from Hymns A. & M.
C[hoir]. – Surpliced, good, large and voluntary. It would do for any chu[rch]. The boys' voices were a treat.
[The congregation numbered] 120 – These are about the numbers. All were well behaved. There were few in the front pews. Few men were present, perhaps about six, some children behind, but quite a nice attendance.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 369. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552996276293 accessed: 30 May, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Bede's Mission Church Albany Street|
|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the choir and organist of St Bede's Mission Church Albany Street|
|Date/Time||20 January, 1884, 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.