Each year First Church hosts a free Carillon Concert Series. All are welcome to attend and bring a chair or blanket and sit on the south lawn of the church, on the lawn of the public library next door, Blue Back Square or across the street on the Town Green. All concerts run from 6 to 7 pm on Thursdays in July.
2018 Concert Lineup – click here for our concert flyer
July 5, 2018 – Margaret Angelini
Margaret Angelini began her organ studies as a freshman at Wellesley College with Frank Taylor, and completed a Masters Degree in Organ at New England Conservatory with William Porter. Since then she has given numerous performances around New England on organ, harpsichord, and carillon. Having taught piano and music theory at Stonehill College for 9 years, she now teaches carillon at Wellesley College, where she acts as advisor to the 25-member student Guild of Carillonneurs. She also serves as organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sharon.
Ms. Angelini is a member of the Boston chapter of the American Guild of Organists, where she has served on numerous committees, and has served as both Sub-Dean and Dean. She has also served on the board of the Old West Organ Society, where after holding many roles is now the Executive Director. When she is not bringing carillon students on field trips around New England, she enjoys cooking, sewing, and crocheting afghans for her nieces and nephews.
July 12, 2018 – George Matthew, Jr.
George Matthew, Jr. has been carillonneur of Middlebury College and Norwich University in Vermont since 1986. Previously Mr. Matthew served from 1968 to 1998 as carillonneur of First Presbyterian Church, CT. A church organist since the age of 13, he is also organist at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church of Middlebury, Vermont.
Mr. Matthew has made 36 carillon concert tours of the USA and 13 of Europe, performing in Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, France, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Russia. In August 2005, he played two carillon concerts on the new carillon of St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mr. Matthew is the first American to play carillon in Russia.
He has composed and arranged about 100 pieces for carillon, including a number of ragtime piano works; his rather unusual European debut was an all-ragtime program in Ostende, Belgium. His popular ragtime piano performances and accompanying lectures are in demand at area community centers and colleges.
A Carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) since 1980, Mr. Matthew has served on the Carillon Directory Committee, the Student Advancement Committee, and the Bellfounding in America Committee (of which he was chairman). He made the US presentation in Zutphen, Netherlands in 1990 at the World Carillon Federation.
He has studied carillon with Arthur Bigelow and Frank Law, organ with Hugh Ross and Ernest White, and composition with David Barnett. He is a graduate of Columbia, Bridgeport, and Wesleyan Universities.
July 19, 2018 – Thomas Gurin
Tom Gurin graduated from Yale University in May of 2018. Originally from Fort Washington, PA, Tom majored in Music Theory and Composition while chairing the Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs. He became a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in 2017, following his junior year at Yale.
As a composer, Tom has written scores for films, as well as concert music for various orchestras and chamber ensembles. He has participated in the highSCORE New Music Festival in Pavia, Italy, and was an Emerging Composer Fellow at the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival in New York City. His music has been performed by the Yale Symphony Orchestra, The National Youth Orchestra of China, and others.
Tom’s carillon studies will continue this fall at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium, where he will spend the 2018-19 academic year. In his free time, Tom enjoys eating chocolate – another reason he is looking forward to Belgium!
July 26, 2018 – Muye Zhang
Andy Zhang began playing the carillon in the fall of 2012 with the Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs. Since then, he has served as Tour Manager, Social Chair, and Summer Carillonneur. At the 2015 Congress in Springfield, MO, he became a Carillonneur Member of the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America.
Andy graduated from Yale University in May of 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science and Linguistics. At present, he is continuing his research full-time in the Language & Brain lab as a PhD student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the Yale Linguistics Department. Andy’s main interests revolve around the architecture of the human language faculty and its interfaces with the greater cognitive system, the structure of knowledge storage, and the processes underlying meaning composition in the mind/brain.
Andy loves to travel the world and, fortunately, also has a knack for using points and miles to fund his plane tickets. He has traipsed through more than 40 countries on six continents in the past few years and has played carillon in 10 of those countries on four continents.