York Minster - Precentor's Court, York, UK
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N 53° 57.734 W 001° 04.995
30U E 625748 N 5981020
Quick Description: The two western towers of York Minster contain between them a total of 56 bells, this being the largest number of bells in any English cathedral. This number includes the carillon.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 3/9/2013 12:47:56 PM
Waymark Code: WMGHQJ
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member kbarhow
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Long Description:

The York Minster Bells website [visit link] tells us:

"Carillon Bells:
Hung above the ringing peal are the carillon bells. These are played by one person using the klavier (similar to a keyboard) from the ringing chamber. This arrangement allows melodies to be played in a similar fashion to how a piano operates. In a piano, when a key is pressed a hammer hits a string to prodcue a note. When a key is pressed on the carillon however, a series of mechanisms causes the clapper to strike against a bell and produce the note.

The carillon at York Minster comprises 35 bells, all cast by Taylors / Taylors Eayre & Smith of Loughborough. 11 of these bells originally resided at St Mary’s Church, Nelson (Lancashire) and were transferred to York in 1989. From this date until 2008, the Nelson bells formed a ‘chime’ – a similar system to the current carillon, though limited by the number of notes.

24 additional bells were added in 2008, together with a new frame, fixtures, fittings and transmission system along with the klavier from which the bells are played. This allows a far wider range of music to be played than was previously possible."

The British Carillon Society website [visit link] also tells us:

"The carillon at York Minster is based on a chime of eleven bells cast by Taylor’s in 1933 for St. Mary’s Church, Nelson, Lancashire. These were transferred to the Cathedral on the closure of that church in 1989. In 2008 twenty-four bells were added, together with a new bell frame, transmission and clavier to complete a carillon of thirty-five bells. Thirteen of these bells had previously been cast by Taylor’s between 1999 and 2001 for a mobile chime operated by David Potter, and had been tuned to match the “Nelson” chime at the time of their casting. Eleven additional bells were cast by Taylor’s, Eayre & Smith in 2007/2008.

Recitals: The carillon is played to announce Evensong daily Monday to Saturday from 16:45 – 17.15. Other recitals will be announced.

Date of Construction: 2008, Taylor’s, Eayre & Smith.

Number of Bells: 35

Largest bell: 23 cwts. 3 qrs. 19 lbs., tuned to D.

Visiting Carillonneurs:
The carillon is available for recitals on Saturdays at 2pm and at other times by arrangement.

The carillon is being used daily for Evensong (4.45 p.m.), and the team of carillonneurs is growing in confidence as the repertoire increases. Hymns according to the season are played, together with some light classical music."

York Minster
Precentor's Court
York, Yorkshire United Kingdom

Who controls the carillon?: York Minster

Number of bells: 35

Schedule of regular public performances:
See the detailed description.

Year of construction: 1/1/1989

Structure: In one of York Minster's bell towers.

Location web page: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
An original photograph of the carillon is required. One of you and your crew doing your very best imitation of Quasimodo and/or Esmeralda will be most appreciated.
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