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Steinway Restoration

piano Our 1925 model O Steinway Grand Piano is in much need of restoration.

This beautiful instrument was bequeathed  to the Bradford Congregational Church by its beloved former organist and choir director and life-long Bradford resident Katrina Munn.

This Steinway is one of the very few in the United States that was made in Hamburg, Germany. Pianos made in Germany are considered by many to be superior in sound, character and touch. Our goal is to invest the necessary restoration efforts in order to bring the piano back to its melodic beauty so that musicians near and far can come to Bradford to experience its quality and perform for the community.

piano1On June 8 (2019), the piano left the sanctuary for its journey to Lindeblad Piano Restoration in Pine Brook, NJ where the 4th generation family owned shop has been providing world class restoration of Steinway pianos since 1920. There it will undergo an  historically accurate restoration and then will be returned to the sanctuary.

Since 1950 “Miss Munn” taught and adjudicated hundreds of local children and adults on this piano and our community will enjoy the music from it for many years to come. Her desire to share her love of music through teaching, lives on through our Steinway.

Your donations are tax deductible and will go directly to the cost of this restoration.  Please help by donating (click here) or you may mail a donation to

Bradford UCC- piano fund
PO Box 387
Bradford VT 05033

Randy and Storme Odell have kicked off the campaign with a generous donation and they hope you will join them in our effort to preserve the beauty, honor and joy that the Steinway that brings to our community.

If you have photos and memories you wish to share from your times at this keyboard please send to bradfordvtucc@gmail.com

Palm Sunday Choir Festival 2019

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 Our annual

Palm Sunday Choir Festival

participating musicians: organist John Atwood, GUMC handbell choir, Susan Cole, Irene Drew, pianist Linda Duxbury

participating choirs:  Topsham United Presbyterian, Wells River Congregational, Newbury Congregational, Bradford Congregational, Tabor Valley Singers, Haverhill First Congregational, Pike Congregational, East Corinth Congregational, Our Lady Of Perpetual Help, Palm Sunday Combined Chorus

Soloists and Trio: Cynthia Bazanno, Bridget Peters, Betsy Alexander, Marcia Tomlinson

Saint Andrew’s hymn

Our commissioning hymn this Sunday is nick-named Saint Andrew’s hymn due to its second verse: “As of old, Saint Andrew heard it, by the Galilean lake, turned from home and toil and kindred, leaving all for His dear sake.” Here is its back-story.

Bradford Congregational Church is only a few miles south of Vermont’s Caledonia County, so the old hymns of the Scots-Irish are a big part of our tradition. Continue reading Saint Andrew’s hymn

We Shall Overcome

On Sunday, January 14, 2018 our commissioning hymn is the well-known “We Shall Overcome,” which is now most often associated with the Rev. Martin Luther King march on Washington. This song’s history is deeply entrenched in the very fields of injustice it spoke to. Voices from cotton fields, tobacco houses, labor unions, and then civil rights. Weaving it’s way through houses of worship as God’s guiding hand was praised and implored. Continue reading We Shall Overcome

Upcoming Worship Dec 17, 2017

300px-In_dulci_jubiloOrganist John Atwood’s prelude for our worship on December 17th will be Johann Michael Bach’s delightful arrangement of In Dulci Jubilo, which means “In Sweet Rejoicing.” Johann was the first cousin once removed and father-in-law of J.S. Bach.

In Dulci Jubilo was composed in the early 1300s by a German mystic who, the legend says, heard angels sing the words … and then joined them in a dance of worship. Continue reading Upcoming Worship Dec 17, 2017