Henry Croswell et al. in St Luke's Church, Berwick Street, Soho, London - 13 February, 1881, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 241:
O[rgan]. – Good, correct, well played.
H[ymns]. – A & M., the old Edition, an old fashioned selection.
C[hoir]. – Large, surpliced, not well trained but gregorians! a treat!
[The congregation numbered] 130 – […] There were also forty children. All were very reverent and from the neighbourhood - poor middle class, a good many poor.
S[ermon]. – Didn't stop
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 241. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551270068315 accessed: 9 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music including Gregorian chant||performed by the choir and organist of St Luke's Church Berwick Street|
|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the choir and organist of St Luke's Church Berwick Street|
|Date/Time||13 February, 1881, 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.