Henry Croswell et al. in the Church of St Mary Aldermary, City of London - 21 July, 1878, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 120:
O[rgan]. – Old and good. The organist wore no surplice.
H[ymns]. – Bickersteth's Hymnal Companion.
C[hoir]. – Young ladies - oh, such swells!
[The congregation numbered] 200
M[iscellaneous]. – The singing was congregational. The Beadle sat in the Choir. It is very Low and the Thanksgiving was said aloud.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 120. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1547468662358 accessed: 28 March, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Mary Aldermary|
|Hymns selected from the 'Hymnal Companion'||performed by the congregation choir and organist of St Mary Aldermary|
|Date/Time||21 July, 1878, 07:00 PM|
|Duration||1 hours 20 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. ‘The Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer’, edited by Edward H. Bickersteth, was published in a words-only edition (1870, rev. 1877), and in a revised edition with tunes (1890).