Since its founding in 1842, South Church in New Britain has had a heritage of excellence in music, both in a series of long-term, distinguished musicians as well as great instruments. The adult choir, now called the Chancel Choir, has also been of high merit. This auditioned, volunteer choir is open to members of the parish and the community, with a core of professional soloists/section leaders to guide it along vocally and musically. The Chancel Choir rehearses each Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 and each Sunday at 9:35 in the choir room.
In addition to providing choral leadership for all the weekly and special services and festivals at South Church, the Chancel Choir has often presented large-scale concerts in conjunction with other churches, such as Immanuel Congregational Church and Center Church in Hartford, presented under the auspices of The Music Series at South Church
(860-223-7555) or on the web at www.musicseries.org
The South Church Chancel Choir currently has three CD recordings available for purchase:
Choral Settings of Great Hymns*
Sacred Music from Central Europe
A Candlelight Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (recorded in 2001.)
CDs are priced at $15.00 plus $2.50 shipping and handling (2 for $25). To place an order please call The Music Series at South Church office at 860-223-7555 or mail your check to The Music Series at South Church, 90 Main Street, New Britain, CT 06051-2287.
* Cassette version is available - $5.00 plus shipping and handling
The Music Series at South Church brings the sounds of great sacred and secular music to the citizens of the region by presenting outstanding soloists and ensembles in New Britain’s South Church. Established in 1973 as The Music Series, it annually offers a variety of programs ranging from solo presentations to major choral-orchestral works, from opera to jazz, using the full potential of South Church’s beautiful architecture, instruments and acoustics.
Past seasons have featured such artists as organist Diane Bish, jazz pianist Marian McPartland, Anonymous 4, The Boston Camerata, The American Boychoir, CONCORA, The Choir of St. Thomas Church, New York and the King'singers.