Old South Church in Boston
645 Boylston Street 
Boston, MA 02116 

Old South Music

Handbells at Old South Church

Old South Ringers June 2005 (photo by George Delianides)
The Old South Ringers 2005
(photo by George Delianides)

ADOPT A BELL: The Old South Ringers are looking for “adoptive parents” to
help complete the sets of handbell and chime instruments. Anyone wishing to
make a financial contribution toward adopting a bell should see the table at
Fellowship Hour during February or contact Peter Coulombe at

Sample Performance at Old South, Recorded Live March 11, 2006
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light   (Sondra Tucker)

Handbell ringing at Old South Church dates back to 1929, when the church acquired a set of handbells from Whitechapel Foundary in England.  This was only the third set of handbells imported into the United States and the first to be acquired by a church.

Tuned sets of handbells originated in England as a way for tower ringers to practice their peals away from the cold steeples and in the warmth of a neighborhood pub!  Later, groups of ringers began playing familiar hymn tunes on the bells.  Within the last fifty years, handbell ringing has developed into a professional level art.  Along with a steady growth in the number of church and community groups, the range of music has grown with new arrangements of familiar hymns, secular works, and exciting original compositions aiding in the spiritual life of churches across the country.

Today, the handbell ministry at Old South is a beloved part of the music ministry of Old South.  The Old South Ringers rehearse on a weekly basis and contribute to the Sunday worship service approximately once a month from September through June.  In addition to the full handbell choir, small ensembles occasionally play for special services as well.  The Old South Ringers are a member organization of the
American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR).

Anyone interested in joining the Old South Ringers, or learning more about the handbell ministry at Old South, should contact Peter Coulombe, Interim Handbell Director, through the church office or via e-mail by clicking above.

We are looking for a few
new members to help us ring our handbells for worship about once a month.
All ages are welcome.  Contact Peter Coulombe at 617/288-1363 or

The Ministry of Music at the Old South Church in Boston

The ministry of music at the Old South Church in Boston seeks to glorify God through creative interpretation of the Church’s musical literature; the use of aesthetic means and vehicles to mediate and present the grace and grandeur of God; and the participation of women and men of Old South and beyond, using their own considerable gifts to celebrate, worship and magnify this God of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The ministry of music at Old South is centered on the Sunday morning service and other church festivals in
which organ, choir, soloists and instrumentalists provide musical and liturgical leadership for the worship of God
and the spiritual edification of God’s people gathered at the Old South Church.  Old South also offers to the community a musical program that reflects our mission, through seasonal vespers concerts, organ recitals
and other musical presentations on Sunday afternoons or weekday evenings.

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Old South Church
645 Boylston Street (Copley Square at Dartmouth Street)
"T" Green Line, Copley
All events are free and open to the public. Old South Church is wheelchair accessible.