Each year First Church hosts a free Carillon Concert Series. Because of Covid-19: Bring a chair or blanket AND your own refreshments to the lawn of the church in  West Hartford Center. We ask family groups to space out 6 feet apart to practice social distancing, and use face coverings.



July 9 – Ellen Dickinson – Yale Guild of Carillonneurs.

July 16 – Tatiana Lukyanova – earned her Bachelors degree in piano and organ performance at the Novosibirsk State Conservatory (Russia) with professors Natalia Melnikova and Natalia Baginskaya and Masters Degree in organ and carillon at the St. Petersburg State University with Daniel Zaretsky and Jo Haazen, followed by postgraduate organ studies at St. Petersburg State Conservatoire “N. Rimsky-Korsakov”, and carillon studies at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium. In addition to her degree work, Tanya also taught organ and carillon at the St. Petersburg State University (2008-2012) and served as the carillonneur of the Peterhof Museum (2009 to 2011). In December 2012 Tanya moved to United States and is currently the organist and accompanist at the South United Methodist Church in Manchester, CT and the carillonneur at the First Church of Christ Congregational in New Britain, CT. She also works with her husband Chris Walton, who is an organ builder. In June 2014 she passed her Carillonneur membership exam at the Congress of the Guild of Carilloneurs of North America, achieving carillonneur member status.

July 23 – Paul Butler – holds a degree in music from Wesleyan University. He has also received extensive instruction in the cello and in South Indian (Carnatic) classical music. He attended classes at the Teacher’s College of Music of the Music Academy, Chennai India. His other musical passions include original performance practice in early American hymnody. By day, Paul is a vice president with TD Bank, N.A.

Local carillonneaur Paul Butler is no stranger to recital attendees at First Church. He has performed for our series on multiple occasions, and frequently conducted tours of the carillon following recitals in the past. Unfortunately the tours will not take place this year due to COVID-19 limitations.

July 30 – Eve Schmitt – First Church’s resident Carilloner.

Artist are subject to change.  Please check our Facebook and website for updates.