Alice Marian Croswell, née Burbridge et al. in Holy Cross Church, Cromer Street, St Pancras, London - 29 July, 1883, 11:00 AM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 346:
A service for children. The adults won't come.
O[rgan]. – A small harmonium played by a young woman.
H[ymns]. – A. & M. Three hymns were sung but all were too ordinary.
C[hoir]. – Surpliced, partly paid. The Te Deum was too ornate. The Psalter was Helmore, loudly sung.
[The congregation numbered] 6 – There were also twenty little girls and twenty little boys who were … more >>
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 346. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552905865464 accessed: 11 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music including psalms||performed by the choir and organist of Holy Cross Church Cromer Street|
|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the choir and organist of Holy Cross Church Cromer Street|
|Date/Time||29 July, 1883, 11:00 AM|
|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. Thomas Helmore (1811–90) was the acknowledged authority on the use of plainchant in Anglican worship during the nineteenth century. He pointed the English Psalter for use with the plainchant psalm tones, which was published as the 'Psalter Noted' in 1849.