In 1993, a year after being appointed director of music and organist of St. John Church, Kevin Birch established the St. John’s Organ Society, an organization committed to the preservation and appreciation of the church’s beautiful and historic E. & G. G. Hook pipe organ, Op. 288 (1860). This large instrument was described by John Fesperman, Curator Emeritus of Musical Instruments at the Smithsonian Institution, as “a musical monument of great importance”, and by Alan Laufman, Past President of the Organ Historical Society, as “a national treasure.”
The summer concert series features a variety of performers. The schedule for the series can be found below (each concert begins at 7:30 p.m.). The suggested donation to attend is $10. To learn more about the organ, its history, and the society, click here.
George Bozeman (Deerfield, New Hampshire)
Kevin Birch (Bangor, Maine)
Margaret Harper (Portsmouth, New Hampshire)