Henry Croswell et al. in St Helen's Church, Bishopsgate, City of London - 13 July, 1879, 11:00 AM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 159:

Morning Prayer, Litany, etc.

[…]

O[rgan]. – Well played by a lady.

H[ymns]. – Mercer and a fine Anthem "Turn not …"

C[hoir]. – Eight men and four lads, very professional but beautiful singers.

[The congregation numbered] 200 Many old and young men - a cpaital [sic] congregation for the City

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 159. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1548331277526 accessed: 27 November, 2021 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Helen's Church, Bishopsgate, City of London

Listeners

Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher
1840-1893

Listening to

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hymns selected from Mercer's hymnal performed by the choir and organist of St Helen's Church Bishopsgate
Anglican church music performed by the choir and organist of St Helen's Church Bishopsgate
'Turn not' performed by the choir and organist of St Helen's Church Bishopsgate

Experience Information

Date/Time 13 July, 1879, 11:00 AM
Duration 1 hours 45 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. Although dated 13/7/70 in the transcript, the position of the record within the whole suggests that the year should be 1879. William Mercer’s ‘The Church Psalter and Hymn Book’ (1854, enlarged, 1856; new edition, 1864; reprinted with Appendix, 1872) was one of the principal Church of England hymnals before the publication of ‘Hymns Ancient and Modern’. The music editor was John Goss.


Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 24 Jan 2019 12:01:18 +0000
Approved on Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:17:48 +0100