Room to Grow, Room to Serve, Room
Brookside's Music ministry plays an active, vital role in worship
each week, and provides an opportunity for participants to "serve
the Lord with gladness" through their love of music and their
faith. There are many events that take place outside of worship. In 2013 some of the outside events the choir performed at: a Monarchs' game, Homecoming event for the NH Army National Guard, holiday caroling at New Horizons and the Brookside north end neighbors, and at a NH Fisher Cats game.
Your music ministry NEEDS you!!!! If you've been thinking, "Wow, it looks like the Bell Choir is having a lot of fun up there. I'd like to try that some day." – well, now's your chance! We ARE having lots of fun each week on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary, and due to some temporary conflicts, three of our ringers are not able to ring right now. That leaves some big gaps, but creates a great opportunity for someone out there to join us. So, come try your hand at Handbells!
And now is the time to sit in with the Chancel Choir if you just want to try it out for a little bit. We're gearing up for Lent and Easter and have some really great music planned. Hope to see you Wednesday at 7:30 pm in the choir room!
There is room in our choirs for YOU! For more information, contact Kim Whitehead, Minister of Music. You can find her contact information on the staff page.
Upcoming Concerts at Brookside
Friday, May 23, 7:00 pm - The Westminster Choir College Handbell Choir
This group is traveling to New England with one of the largest sets of handbells and handchimes in the world - 8 octaves! They have been featured on NPR, PBS andNBC's TODAY Show and have recently performed with celebrities such as Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in England as well as Josh Groban here in the US.
Sunday, June 1, 4:00 pm - 4th Annual Bronze, Brass & Brookside Concert
In addition to our own choirs, we will welcome back The Merrimack Valley Ringers, and this year, we are excited to welcome The Nottingham Brass. The theme will be fun for kids and adults of ALL ages as we bring to life the music of stage and screen throughout the entire program.
Please be sure to stay for the ice cream social that will follow the concert.
Both of these concerts are open to the public and free-will offerings will
be received to support each participating group.
There are many ways to get involved:
About the Brookside Sanctuary
Weds. 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Choir
Sun. 9 a.m. in the Sanctuary
This dedicated group of people includes teenagers to senior citizens.
The Chancel Choir participates in Sunday services through through
late May/early June. Watch future Chronicles
for further information.
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Rehearsals: Every Sunday
Sun. 11:15 a.m.
in the Choir Room
This choir is open to all kids with a voice and a smile. Please speak to Kim Whitehead, Director of Music for more information.
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Rehearsals: Every Wednesday
6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
This is a new choir to the Brookside Church. If you are interested in joining this choir, please speak with Kim Whitehead.
- Ring a Bell?
Before church on Sunday mornings, volunteers provide about 10
minutes of bell music for arriving worshipers. Our nine bell Smyth
Chime is a musical instrument that is relatively easy to use;
but you do need to read music and be able to climb the rather
long flight of stairs to the bell tower.
If you'd like to know more, please contact
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The Brookside Sanctuary
Please click here to read about the organ restoration program.
organ was built in 1933 by the Austin Organ Company, Inc. of Hartford,
Connecticut, using a significant amount of pipework from the church's
existing 1902 Hutchings-Votey Opus 1505 organ. When the congregation
relocated from the downtown to the current site in 1959, the organ
was moved. While the move involved dismantling the organ, it was
essentially unchanged except for a row of previously visible pipes
that was placed out of sight in the new location. Austin Organ
Company moved the organ.
The organ as it existed in the early 1990's functioned very
reliably, due to the dependable mechanisms for which Austin organs
are known. However, tonally it lacked much. Many organs built
in the 1920's and 30's had a voicing style that was characterized
by a dull, opaque sound. The 1933 Brookside Sanctuary organ had
those characteristics. In addition, when the instrument was relocated
in 1959, in spite of the fact that organs are custom designed
for the room in which they are housed, no effort was made to regulate
the instrument to the new room.
Most organs built in the 1930's have ceased to exist, because
necessary tonal renovations have resulted in entirely new instruments.
Since much of the Brookside Sanctuary organ's pipework and all
of the mechanisms is of very high quality, to discard everything
would not have been responsible stewardship of our resources.
1993, with the assistance of Robert Leslie of New England Organ
Service, Brookside developed a three-phase plan for rebuilding
the sanctuary organ, which would first address the tonal limitations
of the instrument, while planning for the eventual replacement
of the 1933 console and the need to re-leather the entire mechanism.
Phase 1 had as its purpose to enlarge the tonal pallet of the
organ by enhancing the bass and treble areas of the sound. Phase
2 would complete the tonal enhancement begun in Phase 1 and replace
the console. Phase 3 would re-leather the mechanism.
Phase 1 was completed in 1995 and included extensive regulation
of 31 ranks of the sanctuary organ and the addition of eight new
ranks. Robert Leslie did all the regulation, while the new pipes
were supplied by Austin Organ Company.
Phase 2 was initiated in 1998. Six stops, containing 402 pipes,
were transported to Austin Organ Company in Hartford, Connecticut
and revoiced. In addition, 183 new pipes made by AR Schopp's Sons,
Inc. were added. The pipe transportation, final regulation, and
construction of two new windchests were spearheaded by K. R. Bengtson
of Laconia, New Hampshire.
new drawknob console, which was made possible by a generous donation
from the family of Mary Schow, was designed and built by Dudley
Terrill of the Terrill Organ Company of Bow, New Hampshire. The
three keyboard manuals have bone naturals and rosewood sharps.
The pedal board has maple naturals and rosewood sharps. The keydesk
and trim are walnut. The stop action contains Harris drawknobs
and tilting tablet couplers. The combination action/stop processor
is a solid state Peterson system with 99 levels of memory. The
white woodwork is matched to the other colonial architectural
features in the sanctuary.
Brookside is excited to announce the beginning of the third
and final phase of the organ restoration project: releathering
the entire sanctuary organ. Currently, Brookside has raised about
$30,000 to fund Phase 3 of the project. A generous donation of
$19,000 was given by Dr. and Mrs. Robert Lord in honor of the
Rev. William Donoghue, retired Pastor of Brookside Church.
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