Henry Croswell et al. in St Paul's Church, Haggerston, East London - 30 September, 1877, 06:30 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 118:
[Croswell recorded that the service began at 6.30pm, but] I got there at the first Lesson.
O[rgan]. – Moderate, in the Chancel.
H[ymns]. – From Church Hymns - "pretty" tunes.
C[hoir]. – Sixteen boys and ten young men, surpliced.
[The congregation numbered] 350 – I saw hardly any men except the choir and sidesmen. The congregation consisted principally of young rat-tailed girls!
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 118. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1547467149224 accessed: 26 March, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Paul's Church Haggerston|
|hymns selected from 'Church Hymns'||performed by the choir and organist of St Paul's Church Haggerston|
|Date/Time||30 September, 1877, 06:30 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. ‘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.