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Christmas with the Copley Singers

Today Charlestown hosted a special holiday concert and community sing along with the Copley Singers, a group of professional and volunteer singers formed in 2006 and led by Brian Jones.

It was held in the gorgeous St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Church, where Mark Dwyer helmed the 122-year-old Woodberry and Harris organ, complete with 2501 pipes. It's magnificent to behold: the pipework ranges from tin, pencil-sized ones all the way up to 18-foot wooden ones, and they are split into two sections so not to obscure the stained glass window at the back of the Church.

Charlestown 019The Church itself was built in 1887 in the Tudor-Gothic style; its roof is a hammerbeam design which doesn't require columns:

Charlestown 014Note the brass light fixtures from the 1890s (originally designed for gas) and stained glass windows created by Mayer of Munich (still in operation today). The Stations of the Cross were designed by ecclesiastical sculptor Joseph Sibbel, who also built the famous statue of St. Patrick at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.

The Choir lead the community in over 15 carols, both ancient and modern, including We Need a Little Christmas, O Come All Ye Faithful, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Feliz Navidad, and Silent Night. Here are a couple of snippets, one with the organ, and one an a cappella number that gives you a good view of the Church.

   

 

Thank you to the event sponsors, St. Mary's Church, Friends of the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library, and Hammond Residential Real Estate, who also encouraged donations to the Harvest on Vine Food Pantry.

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