Henry Croswell et al. in St John the Evangelist Church, Westminster, London - 21 December, 1884, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 415:
O[rgan]. – Large, old, in West gallery.
H[ymns]. – A & M. "O come, O come, Emmanuel …"
C[hoir]. – Boys paid, men voluntary in West gallery. All unsurpliced but well-trained.
[The congregation numbered] 550 […] Most stood up and most oriented.
S[ermon]. – Didn't stopped [sic]. I should have liked to. Curate seemed to me so perfect.
M[iscellaneous]. – All most devotional.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 415. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1553257118886 accessed: 4 February, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Date/Time||21 December, 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.