On Sunday, May 6 at 4 pm, the Mid-Shore Maryland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present a Festival of Hymns for Brass, Organ, Timpani, Handbells, and a choir of around sixty voices. The event will take place at Christ Church in Easton located at 111 S. Harrison Street.
This year’s festival is the third such event hosted by the nearly four-year old chapter. Each year, the event draws both musicians and attendees from throughout the Delmarva region, and this year’s festival will feature the largest combination of musicians to date. The choir will be comprised of singers from as far away as Odessa , Delaware, and will include many from Talbot County. A professional brass quintet and timpanist will also add festival flare to this popular annual event, along with the region’s premier community handbell ensemble, Bells of the Bay. Featured music will include hymns favorite and new using various combinations of the gathered musical forces as well as a solo organ piece presented on one of shore’s largest instruments.
The Mid-Shore Maryland AGO sponsors a full lineup of events throughout the year to promote both Organ and Sacred Music. Each year, the guild sponsors clinicians and musicians at both the national and local level who lead in workshops and various programs designed to assist and enhance music in churches throughout the area. For the second year, the Mid-Shore AGO has also underwritten Pipedreams, a nationally syndicated program of organ music which can be heard on WSCL 89.5 FM radio each Sunday evening.
This Sunday’s hymn festival is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 3:30 pm, and a freewill offering will be received to support this and other events sponsored by the Mid-Shore MD AGO.