About the Candlelight Concert Series
The Candlelight Concert Series has been presented annually at the Old Ship Church for over thirty years. The concerts were inspired by an Old Ship family who, after a vacation trip to London, wished to encourage the organization of free concerts in Hingham similar to the tradition they experienced in the churches of Europe. The first concert was presented in December 1973 with a performance by the Cambridge Quartet. The goal of these concerts is to present a wide variety of professional artists performing a breadth of instrumental and vocal repertory within this unique venue, which enhances the enjoyment of great musical art. The list of artists who have performed here includes many of the finest instrumental and vocal musicians from the New England and American music scene. Performances take place in the Old Ship Meeting House at 90 Main Street in downtown Hingham. Designated in 1960 as a National Historic Landmark, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966, this original Colonial building – the central portion was completed in 1681 – has been in continuous church use for more than 300 years. Observances last year celebrated the 325th anniversary of the meeting house. Friends of the series are invited to add their names to our list of supporters. You will receive advance notice of future events and will be counted among those who endorse the continuation of quality, live musical performances in our community. For more information, please contact Christopher Sullivan, Candlelight Concert Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
Old Ship Candlelight Concerts 107 Main Street Hingham, MA 02043
All concerts are at 4:00 pm in the Meeting House
Sunday, November 13
Boston Saxophone Quartet
The Boston Saxophone Quartet is a unique blend of musicians combining a tremendous range of repertoire and individual experience in wind performance. Members of the BSQ have performed with the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra and leading Broadway theaters throughout New England. The Quartet has performed at Boston's First Night celebrations in 2013 and 2015.
Sunday, February 19
The vocal ensemble Blue Heron has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “one of the Boston music community’s indispensables” and hailed by Alex Ross in The New Yorker for the “expressive intensity” of its interpretations. Combining a commitment to vivid live performance with the study of original source materials and historical performance practices, Blue Heron ranges over a wide repertoire, including 15th-century English and Franco-Flemish polyphony, Spanish music between 1500 and 1600, and neglected early 16th-century English music, especially the unique repertory of the Peterhouse partbooks, copied c. 1540 for Canterbury Cathedral. The ensemble also regularly performs earlier music, and recently collaborated with A Far Cry in concerts featuring Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem and Le Cantiques des Cantiques for twelve voices by Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur, composed in 1952.
Sunday, April 30
An intimate salon-style performance of works for cello and harp. Based in the Boston area, Strange Interlude was founded by harpist Lily Press and cellist Simon Linn-Gerstein, who have been performing as a duo since 2007. As both a duo and a larger ensemble, Press and Linn-Gerstein design intimate salon-style concerts with programs that are carefully curated to include seldom-performed works, pieces by contemporary composers and transcriptions and arrangements for their unique instrumentation. The group draws its name from Groucho Marx’s line from the film Animal Crackers: "Pardon me while I have a strange interlude."
The Old Ship Meeting House has a capacity of more than 300 persons and is wheelchair-accessible. Restroom facilities are located in the handicapped-accessible entrance hall to the Meeting House, and directly across the street in the Parish House at 107 Main Street. Parking is available behind the Parish House and on adjacent streets. Children are welcome at performances when accompanied by adults. Out of respect for the artists and members of the audience, please silence any noise-making devices and alarms before the performance begins.