Henry Croswell et al. in St Barnabas' Church, Kensington, London - 19 October, 1884, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 408:
O[rgan]. – Large, at East End, middling played.
H[ymns]. – Church Hymns - not much.
C[hoir]. – Very large, surpliced, voluntary. Not very good singing.
[The congregation numbered] 900 […] This is a wonderful number for an evening at Kensington but in the galleries there were dreaful [sic] behaved swells etc.
S[ermon]. – Didn't stop.
M[iscellaneous]. – Galleries very hot - few men, no working people, no lads. I suppose this should be considered a successful Broad High Church.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 408. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1553171083290 accessed: 2 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|hymns selected from 'Church Hymns'||performed by the choir and organist of St Barnabas' Church Kensington|
|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Barnabas' Church Kensington|
|Date/Time||19 October, 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. ‘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.