Henry Croswell et al. in St Mary's Church, Park Street, Grosvenor Square, London - 4 December, 1881, 07:20 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 281:
O[rgan]. – A small harmonium. Has the other been removed to the new church?
H[ymns]. – Church Hymns.
C[hoir]. – Partly paid, consisting of six men and five ladies. They sung parts and were well behaved. except during the sermon.
[The congregation numbered] 100 – […] Among the congregation I saw about four men, six weak looking youths and many elderly females.
S[ermon]. – On "the … more >>
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 281. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551441366706 accessed: 30 May, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|hymns selected from 'Church Hymns'||performed by the choir and organist of St Mary's Church Park Street|
|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Mary's Church Park Street|
|Date/Time||4 December, 1881, 07:20 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.