Henry Croswell et al. in St John the Baptist Church, Great Marlborough Street, Soho, London - 2 November, 1884, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 410:
O[rgan]. – Small, good, well-played.
H[ymns]. – A & M. "Rock of Ages" to the florid tune. "As pants the hart". Fine Anthem.
C[hoir]. – Perfect, paid, fine,: Bass specially good. Men. ? Professional. The singing was really a great treat.
[The congregation numbered] 120 Ten working men behind the Incumbent.
S[ermon]. – Didn't stop.… more >>
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 410. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1553173251026 accessed: 27 March, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Date/Time||2 November, 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. Croswell revisited this church on 30 September 1888, but did not comment on the music on that occasion. ‘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.