Henry Croswell et al. in Emmanuel Church, Maida Hill, London - 15 June, 1884, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 396:
Got there 6.50.
O[rgan]. – Ordinary, old, middling played.
H[ymns]. – Bickers, old edition. "My God, my Father …" and "O Paradise, O Paradise […"]
C[hoir]. – Badly behaved, very mixed in West Gallery. Charity girls round Altar rails. They sing Psalms alternately [? by alternate verses], nice effect.
[The congregation numbered] 300 – Doubtless many more in the morning. […] Very ordinary lot from S. John's Wood.
S[ermon]. – Didn't stop
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 396. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1553099700969 accessed: 29 November, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Date/Time||15 June, 1884, 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. ‘Bickers’ refers to ‘The Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer’ (1870, rev. 1877; and in a revised edition with tunes, 1890) compiled by Edward Henry Bickersteth (1825–1906).