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DSC00223We are a church community in the heart of the Milton section of Litchfield for anyone who wants to investigate the claims of Jesus or who wants to know and serve him better. Whether you are working, studying or living in Milton we look forward to welcoming you in person to Trinity Episcopal Church.

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TRINITY MILTON’S RESTORED 1823 THOMAS HALL TRACKER ORGAN TO BE SHOWCASED IN PERFORMANCE BY JAMES BUSH

The nation’s oldest fully-functioning Thomas Hall tracker organ will be showcased in a performance by James Bush on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 4:00 pm at the Trinity Milton Episcopal Church located in the historic district of Milton at 536 Milton Road, Litchfield, CT. Ticket cost is $20 at the door, with all proceeds going toward the continued stewardship and maintenance of this historical organ. Seating is limited at Trinity Milton, with a ‘first arrived, first seated’ policy, no reservations. Doors will open at 3:30 pm. The concert will be followed by a garden reception on the church grounds.

Thomas Hall (1794-1874) was the most important New York organ builder of the era. From 1818 to 1824, Hall built organs for several prominent churches, but the only surviving one from that period is the 1823 single-manual, originally built for St. Michael’s Episcopal, Litchfield, and now in Trinity, Milton.

The Organ Historical Society deemed Trinity Milton’s Hall tracker organ an “instrument of historical merit, worthy of preservation” and in 2014, the community of Litchfield demonstrated its enthusiasm for the   193 year old organ by funding its full restoration. Had we not done this, the organ would be a toneless relic in a museum. In its home at Trinity Milton, it is played every Sunday for services, as well as weddings, funerals and other church services. However, preservation takes diligent maintenance and stewardship, costing $2,000 every year. Trinity Milton is committed to finding creative ways to raise these funds, and what better way to do so than featuring it in a jubilant solo organ concert.

Since the Hall organ came to Trinity in 1866 from St. Michael’s Parish in Litchfield, it seems   fitting for St. Michael’s organist, James Bush, to perform on it.  Mr. Bush also was featured in the 2014 inaugural dedication concert of Trinity’s newly-restored instrument. Mr. Bush, a resident of Milton, is originally from Virginia. He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and Harvard Law School.  While at William and Mary, Mr. Bush studied organ with James S. Darling, organist and choirmaster of the renowned Bruton Parish Church in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg.  Since then he has performed and served as organist at churches in Virginia, Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut.

The musical program will feature English and American organ music from the 18th century that was written to be played on organs similar to the Hall organ at Trinity Milton.  It will include works by the English composer Georg Frideric Handel, as well as two organists and composers who worked in America:  Charles Theodore Pachelbel, who was the son of the famous German composer Johann Pachelbel, and who was organist at Trinity Church, Newport, Rhode Island, and St. Philip’s Church, Charleston, South Carolina; and his pupil Peter Pelham, who was organist at Trinity Church, Boston and Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, Virginia.

For those unable to attend the June 26 performance, donations for continued stewardship of this special organ will be gratefully received at P.O. Box 839, Litchfield, CT 06759.

 

Faithfully yours,

Dick Wyland

Parish Priest