Music on The Christian Science Plaza
Enjoy organ music, a solo that supports the spiritual message of the sermon, and hymn singing during church services, plus organ and outdoor chiming concerts all year around.
There are two organs built by the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company of Boston at The Mother Church: one in the Original Edifice and one in the large-domed Extension of The Mother Church. The organ in the Extension is one of the largest in the world with a total of 13,384 pipes, ranging from the size of a pencil to 32 feet in length. It is played from the four-manual console located in front of the platform. Both organs can be heard during church services every Wednesday and Sunday. The Church hosts regular organ concerts (Pipes on the Plaza) in the Extension throughout the year by accomplished organists from the Boston area, including Bryan Ashley, Organist of The Mother Church.
Every other month, organ concerts are presented by accomplished organists from around the Boston area, including Bryan Ashley, Organist of The Mother Church. These consist of midday concerts, a yearly afternoon concert as part of the Fenway Alliance’s “Opening Our Doors” activities,* a First Night Organ Concert,** and special events in conjunction with the American Guild of Organists.
Upcoming Concerts (in the Extension of The Mother Church)
First Night Organ Concert
Monday, December 31, 2018
This concert is in conjunction with Boston’s First Night activities. This special hour-long organ concert will feature two guest organists and our very own Bryan Ashley. Each will play a 20-minute program. Our guest organists are Heinrich Christensen and Jennifer Hsiao.
The Mother Church has had bells in the Church’s towers for well over a century. A chime of fifteen tubular bells, founded by the United States Tubular Bell Company of Methuen, Massachusetts, was installed in the bell tower of the Original Edifice of The Mother Church in 1894. A decade later, in 1906, a chime of eleven bells (later expanded to thirteen), founded by the Meneely Bell Company of Troy, New York, was installed in the cupola of the Extension of The Mother Church. This set was used until 1984, when a new chime of eighteen bells, founded by Royal Eijsbouts of Asten, in the Netherlands, was installed in the bell tower of the Original Edifice.
The bells are played by volunteer musicians who are members of The Mother Church. You can hear chiming ringing out over the Plaza at the following times:
- 9:30 am and 4:30 pm on Sundays, for 15-20 minutes before church services (there are no evening services in July and August)
- 11:30 am and 7:00 pm on Wednesdays, for 15-20 minutes before testimony meetings
- Thursday evenings from 5:30 - 6:00pm during July and August.
- Special concerts, as announced