Henry Croswell et al. in Christ Church, Down Street, Mayfair, London - 27 April, 1884, 06:45 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 387:
(begun 6.30) Got there end of Psalms.
O[rgan]. – Fine, large, East end. Organist Mus. Bac. etc.
H[ymns]. – Church Hymns. "O rest in the Lord" - Anthem. Heavenly! (tenor solo)
C[hoir]. – Surpliced, paid - splendidly trained voices; all good.
[The congregation numbered] 600 – […] A sedate lot - probably in the morning full of grand swells.
S[ermon]. – Didn't stop […]
All very low.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 387. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1553080551339 accessed: 20 March, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Date/Time||27 April, 1884, 06:45 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. ‘Church Hymns’ (1871) and ‘Church Hymns with Tunes’ (1874) were publications of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (S.P.C.K.), under the musical editorship of Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900). This collection was the most successful of the competitors to ‘Hymns Ancient and Modern’ in the late nineteenth century, containing a larger number of hymns overall, and more hymns specifically intended for children and young people.