Henry Croswell et al. in St George's Church, Campden Hill, Kensington, London - 24 August, 1884, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 401:
O[rgan]. – Large, showy, organist florid; such an infliction, too much.
H[ymns]. – A & M. "O Paradise! …" Fine!
C[hoir]. – Surpliced, 18 lads, splendid voices - some solo in a florid anthem.
[The congregation numbered] 300 – […] Being August and evening a few nobodies and not well behaved in galleries.
S[ermon]. – Didn't stop, […] Not my idea of a perfect church at all.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 401. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1553164721890 accessed: 2 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Date/Time||24 August, 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.