Henry Croswell et al. in St John the Evangelist Church, Glenthorne Road, Hammersmith, London - 23 November, 1884, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 413:

O[rgan]. – Fine, nice and softly played.

H[ymns]. – A & M. Not a good selection.

C[hoir]. – Large, surpliced, medium singing to my taste.  ? Gregorian.

[The congregation numbered] 750 […] all but crowded.  Too few males, no grey hairs, some absurd hyper-ritualists.

S[ermon]. – Didn't stop.

[…]

M[iscellaneous]. – A perfect High Church.  Everything most churchy.  We sat on a form at the end.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 413. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1553255135527 accessed: 16 May, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St John the Evangelist Church, Glenthorne Road, Hammersmith, London

Listeners

Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher
1840-1893

Listening to

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Anglican church music with ?Gregorian chant performed by the choir and organist of St John the Evangelist Church Glenthorne Road
hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M' performed by the choir and organist of St John the Evangelist Church Glenthorne Road

Experience Information

Date/Time 23 November, 1884, 07:00 PM
Duration 50 minutes
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

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.


Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 22 Mar 2019 11:45:36 +0000
Approved on Mon, 22 Jul 2019 15:15:56 +0100