Henry Croswell et al. in St Gabriel's Church, Warwick Square, Pimlico, London - 3 August, 1884, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 398:
(Not home till 9.15 - long rides in bus won't do.)
O[rgan]. – Good, large, well played.
H[ymns]. – A & M. and an Anthem
C[hoir]. – large, too grandly attempted. Singing not congregational.
[The congregation numbered] 200 – Doubtless crowded in the morning. In the evening none in the galleries. Ordinary people only worship - not fashionable to go Sunday evenings!
S[ermon]. – Didn't stop.
Everything rather dull.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 398. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1553101561848 accessed: 11 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music including an anthem||performed by the choir and organist of St Gabriel's Church Warwick Square|
|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the choir and organist of St Gabriel's Church Warwick Square|
|Date/Time||3 August, 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. ‘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.