Henry Croswell et al. in St Thomas' Church, Columbia Market, Bethnal Green, East End of London - 30 April, 1876, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 69:
O[rgan]. – Snall [sic] - fair - at the East end.
C[hoir]. – Ten "gentlemen" and five "ladies". The singing was all very uncongregational. They use Kemble's Hymns and sung an Anthem, the Cantate Domino and Deus Misereatur.
[The congregation numbered] 140 – But it was a very wet night.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 69. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1547117542078 accessed: 6 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Date/Time||30 April, 1876, 07:00 PM|
|Duration||1 hours 30 minutes|
|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. Rev. Charles Kemble’s ‘A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, arranged for the public services of the Church of England’ was first published in 1853 in a words-only edition. Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810–76) was asked to edit a music edition (1864), to which he contributed a number of original melodies. ‘Cantate Domino’ (Psalm 98) and ‘Deus misereatur’ (Psalm 67) are used in the Anglican evening service as alternatives to the ‘Magnificat’ and ‘Nunc Dimittis’ respectively.