Henry Croswell et al. in St James' Church, Norlands, Kensington, London - 21 September, 1884, 07:20 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 405:
Got there oh so late!
O[rgan]. – Large, fine, well-played.
H[ymns]. – A & M. and an elaborate Anthem.
C[hoir]. – Large, surpliced, good voices but too elaborate to please me.
[The congregation numbered] 900 – […] This is a fine number but shows the neighbourhood is going down.
S[ermon]. – Didn't stop, […] Numbers of young ladies, few males, no boys in church.
M[iscellaneous]. – Asked twice to have a seat. Sat and knelt in front passage.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 405. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1553168437861 accessed: 30 March, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music including an anthem||performed by the choir and organist of St James' Church Norlands|
|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the choir and organist of St James' Church Norlands|
|Date/Time||21 September, 1884, 07:20 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.