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Church of Christ, Scientist ~ The Mother Church ~ Boston

About The Mother Church Organs

The original organs of The Mother Church (built by Farrand & Votey in the Original Edifice and Hook & Hastings in the Extension) were considered some of the finest in the country at the time they were installed more than 100 years ago. However, over the years they eventually needed to be replaced. The current organs were completed in 1952 by the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company of Boston under the direction of tonal designer and organ architect Lawrence Phelps. The Extension organ, Aeolian-Skinner’s largest opus, was specifically designed to accompany the singing of a large congregation, as well as to faithfully execute a wide range of organ repertoire for church services, public concerts, broadcasts, and recordings. In addition to being a very large organ in a beautiful setting with a favorable acoustical environment, it is an extremely versatile and well-balanced instrument. It is equipped with modern combination (preset) technology, allowing the organist convenient and complete control over its vast tonal resources. The organ is used to accompany the congregational singing of three hymns, and, additionally, there is an offertory and a vocal solo during the Sunday services. Music performed on instruments of superb quality and workmanship greatly enhances the artistic communication and spirituality of the music.
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Anthony Hammond - Organ Improvisation
This four part symphony was improvised on the evening of 15th June 2012.
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