Henry Croswell et al. in St Benet and All Saints' Church, Kentish Town, London - 14 May, 1882, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 292:
O[rgan]. – Very small, nice.
H[ymns]. – A. & M.
C[hoir]. – Eight nice little boys with coloured cassocks and white lay-down collars; also four gentlemanly young men.
[The congregation numbered] 60 – It is not a successful mision [sic] and there are few men, certainly none of importance.
M[iscellaneous]. – There was a Rogation Litany after the Sermon. It seems a poor imitation of S. Barnabas, Pimlico. The behaviour of the choir was a treat.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 292. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551454858011 accessed: 25 March, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Benet and All Saints' Church Kentish Town|
|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the choir and organist of St Benet and All Saints' Church Kentish Town|
|Date/Time||14 May, 1882, 07:00 PM|
|Duration||1 hours 25 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. ‘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.