June 1st, 1848 (Thursday, Ascension Day)

June 1, 2010

Mr Underwood has not been here for an age, and has never seen the Chapel since it was near finished; so I asked him to dinner, – but he could not come. Mr Hallward dined. Messrs Corfe and Blythe, organists of Christ Church and Magdalen, came to Chapel, and afterwards played on the organ, with which they seemed struck. Mr Corfe has a noisy taste, and had a fancy for playing on all the reeds by themselves, which acquitted themselves well under so severe a trial. They admired the swell particularly, and singled out the trumpet for special praise, – but I do not think them critics of a high order. Mr Corfe said that the servitors did Monk great credit, that he was at St Paul’s the other day, where the boys did not sing nearly so correctly. The students, too, are beginning to sing some of the chants, which already adds sensible strength to the body of sound.


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