Resident ensemble at the Old South Church in Boston, the Old South Brass, Organ, and Timpani ensemble was founded in 1981.


Dear friends:

We send a greeting to you with this striking transcription of music from the sanctuary of the Old South Church in Boston. The ensemble consists of the best of Boston's brass and timpani artists and an organist with imagination and verve. You will discover new music here by one of America's splendid young contemporary composers, Kevin Kaska, and arrangements of old favorites making your woofers tremble, the panes in your windows rattle, and draw your neighbors to beg where they might find such a brilliant, thunderous brass and organ brouhaha. You may direct them, of course, to this recording. But you may want to urge they come to Boston, say, on New Year's Eve where during the city's First Night celebrations these musicians gather in the sanctuary of the Old South Church and offer a bash and blast of musical execution bringing celebrants to their feet.

And yes, you will find this ensemble gathered in the chancel of the Old South for festival worship occasions. Our Director of Music and Organist, Gregory Peterson, brings reverence, technical gifts, and a broad and deep repertoire to the music of the ages. Lawrence Isaacson, the ensemble's conductor, possesses a fine ear and a bundle of enthusiasm for original, compelling, and exciting music. The Old South Brass does not simply rise to occasions, they make occasions.

So, a warm greeting to you all. I'm confident you will find yourselves stirred and renewed while listening to this recording.

-Rev. Dr. James W. Crawford, Senior Pastor at Old South Church