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Concert and Rehearsal Spaces

Thank you for your interest in using space at First Church in Cambridge. FCC offers beautiful spaces for your concert, performance or rehearsal. For more information about using space at First Church or to inquire about availability for a particular date, please contact Kirsten Manville. The Sanctuary, Lindsay Chapel, Margaret Jewett Hall and the Hastings Room are all wheelchair accessible.


First Floor
Capacity: 500
Uses: performance, rehearsals, lectures

First Church in Cambridge sanctuaryClick image once to enlarge

Most recently renovated in 2000, the sanctuary seats 450-500, including the balcony and north transept. The sanctuary features excellent acoustics, the 1972 Frobenius tracker organ, and a Kawai grand piano. The platform of the performance space is wheelchair accessible and measures approximately, 29’ x 46’, plus the south transept choral risers, which seat 35, and the apse. Architectural features include a polygonal vaulted ceiling, hardwood maple floors, gilded dome in the apse, and beautiful stained glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany and others. Our sanctuary is used by many groups for worship, lectures, concerts, and rehearsals throughout the year.

Margaret Jewett Hall

First Floor
Capacity: 200
Uses: performance, rehearsals, dance, lectures, receptions, meetings

Margaret Jewett Hall
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The church’s auditorium seats 200. Painted in a rich burnt umber color, the space includes hardwood floors, an acoustical ceiling, a sound system and a bank of windows overlooking Mason Street. With the adjacent library, MJH is ideal for lectures, small concerts, receptions and meetings.

Harter Room

First Floor
Capacity: 30
Uses: performance, lectures, receptions, meetings, rehearsals

Hastings room
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The church’s meeting features, period furnishings, an oriental rug, a grandfather clock and historic portraits. Hastings accommodates 30 people standing and is wheelchair accessible. There is large monitor that can be used for presentations. It is an excellent “green room” for sanctuary events.

Lindsay Chapel

First Floor
Capacity: 80
Uses: performance, rehearsals, lectures

Lindsay Chapel
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Dedicated in 1939, the chapel seats 80 people. The cool stone interior is perfect for small concerts, intimate weddings and classes or lectures. The chapel features three lancet stained-glass windows by Arthur Murray Dalin, a two-manual Andover pipe organ and antique wooden chairs.


Sage Hall

Capacity: 80
Uses: rehearsals, meetings, children’s parties

Sage Hall (basement)
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Sage Hall is located in the church basement. Full of toys and play equipment, it is the ideal space for a child’s birthday party. The floor is tiled, and includes a large open area where chairs can be placed in a circle for a meeting or other group activity. This space is not wheelchair accessible.

Below are just a few of the organizations that have recently used space at First Church:

Andover Chamber Music Series
Blue Heron Renaissance Choir
Boston Camerata Boston Cecilia
Boston Chamber Music Society
Boston Choral Ensemble
Boston Early Music Festival
Boston Secession
Cantata Singers
Convivium Musicum
Coro Allegro
Dance Freedom
Episcopal Divinity School
Harvard Chamber Singers
Harvard Divinity School
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Harvard-Radcliffe Choruses
Lindy Hop
Longy School of Music
Musica Sacra
Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra
Spectrum Singers

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