Hutchings-Votey Organ



From First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany

To The Mother Church

My Beloved Brethren: — Your munificent gift of ten thousand dollars, with which to furnish First Church of Christ, Scientist, of Concord, N.H., with an organ, is positive proof of your remembrance and love. Days of shade and shine may come and go, but we will live on and never drift apart. …

…When we are willing to help and to be helped, divine aid is near. If all our years were holidays, sport would be more irksome than work. So, my dear ones, let us together sing the old-new song of salvation, and let our measure of time and joy be spiritual, not material.

 First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany 166:9-15, 19

The organ pipes are of Belgian zinc, polished and lacquered.

The original organ was a Hutchings-Votey with 30 stops and 32 ranks of pipes.

Organ chimes were added and the key action of the organ was converted from tubular pneumatic to electro-pneumatic in 1937.  The organ was entirely reconditioned in 1952 and has been further refurbished since with new leathers.

The new organ console, installed in 1998, is a Copeman Hart console from England.

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The church tower contains fifteen tubular chimes, which are played before all services, at Christmas time, New Years Eve, July 4th, lectures held in the church, and other special occasions.   Long cords from the chimes extend down below the tower to the level just above the balcony.  The tower is 165 feet high.

Chimers choose from a notebook full of hymns that are coded with these fifteen numbers.

 Here we are looking up through the staircase opening

and we see the chime cables.


Here we are looking down from above and we can clearly see the chime cables and one of the beautiful tower windows.  There is one on each of the four sides of the tower.



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Here we are way up in the tower.

Check out the exterior photo and you can see where these windows are.

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In July, 2012, a Peregrine Falcon was seen perched on our church tower by a member.

Two photographers from the New Hampshire Audubon Society photographed it,

or a “family member,” in February and August of 2012.  

For these photos go to the Peregrine Falcon page under the Edifice and Church Tower.

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For the second year in a row, December, 2012, we had an organ and trumpet concert.  

For more information on the concert click these music notes:

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