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.
2019 Concert Lineup – click here for our concert flyer
July 11, 2019 – Mathilde Bargibant
Of the town of Saint-Amand-les-Eaux (59), Mathilde Bargibant discovered very young the art of carillon. She begins her musical studies at the music school of Saint-Amand, and then joins the chime class of the Conservatory of Douai, under the leadership of Jacques Lannoy then Stefano Colletti. Laureate of a Baccalaureate Techniques of Music and a Gold Medal of carillon, she perfected her art during the master class at the Royal School of Carillon from Mechelen (Belgium) and Carillon Instituut Nederland from Dordrecht (Netherlands). She discovered the art of handbells, which she practices regularly at the American Church of Paris, under the direction of Fred Gramann. Mathilde Bargibant gives concerts on chimes in France and abroad. She regularly participates in the activities of the Carillon Association Rouen Cathedral and the Carillonneurs Guild of France. She is carillon holder of Sainte-Odile church (Paris, 17th arrondissement).
July 18, 2019 – 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 25, 2019 – Jan Verheven and Cedric Honings
‘Guitarillon’ is a surprising combination of guitar with carillon. They are two instruments that at first glance don’t have much to do with each other, but in terms of timbre and possibilities they are closer together than you might think. The musicians are the promising young guitar virtuoso Cedric Honings and carilloneur Jan Verheyen, known for many other carillon projects. ‘Guitarillon’ is a varied concert, where every song is a surprise again. Many styles pass by and we do not shy away from the rougher guitar work.