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The Creation Pre-concert Lecture

Enjoy GMChorale's pre-concert lecture for F.J. Haydn's The Creation, being presented in concert May 1, 2022. Hear Alan Froggatt, pastor and amateur violinist speak in three parts about The Creation's history, subject matter, and tone painting.

Please turn on the subtitles (CC) to see a translation of the pieces sung in German

About: Reverend W. Alan Froggatt - Minister


A native of Meriden, CT, Alan comes to the United Church of Chester with 40 years of pastoral experience, 36 of them in New England. A commitment to the congregation and surrounding community has always been a driving force in Alan’s ministry, and it is one of the factors that drew him to our church.  In the early 1980s he was instrumental in starting a Hospice in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula; he served on the Board of Directors for the United Way in western Connecticut; led his church’s Men’s Group to establish a scholarship fund for a small Hispanic church in Danbury; served 10 years for an organization that built more than 300 affordable housing units on Boston’s north shore; and built a congregational partnership with a high school that works exclusively with students who are dealing with drug and alcohol addiction.

After graduating from Barrington (RI) College in 1976 and Princeton Theological Seminary in 1980, he was called to The Community Church of Calumet, Michigan, in the northwest corner of the Upper Peninsula hard by Lake Superior.  The Community Church is both Congregational and Presbyterian, and he served there for 4 years before returning to Connecticut to lead the Bridgewater Congregational Church, UCC, where he ministered for 16 years.  In 2000 he was called as Senior Minister of Second Congregational Church, UCC, in Beverly, Massachusetts.  Seventeen years later, he accepted the position of Pastor and Teacher here at our United Church.

In his spare time Alan enjoys bicycling around the lower CT River and the shoreline, is an amateur violinist, and enjoys cooking, swimming, reading and spending time with family.  And yes, he has also been a Red Sox fan since his youth, and can often be found in Fenway Park and at performances of the Boston Symphony, the American Repertory Theater, the Goodspeed, and any number of local musical venues.   He and Debbie live in Old Lyme, and his two daughters, Clare and Blythe, along with grandson Connor, live in the greater Boston area.

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