DANBURY - STJ : USA - CT

   Ella S. Bulkley Memorial Carillon

*Location:

   St.James Episcopal Church
   West Street near Foster Street
   Danbury, Connecticut, USA
   LL: N 41.39320, W 73.45254
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*Carillonist:

   George C. S. Bogart
   29 Mountain View Drive
   Brookfield, CT  06804-1415
   H: (203)775-2825
*Past carillonists:
   c.1935-65 Melvin C. (Jim) Corbett   (C)
   Nancy Ryckelynck

*Contact:

   Martha Galle, Minister of Music
   E: martha.galle@saintjamesdanbury.org
   - or -
   St.James Church
   25 West Street
   Danbury, CT  06810-7877
   T: (203)748-3561   F: (203)744-6350
   E: welcome@saintjamesdanbury.org

*Schedule:

   Before and after 10am Sunday service;
   Wednesdays at 1230 in July

*Remarks:

   The first American-made carillon.
   Last 2 bells donated by M.C.Corbett.
   Totally refurbished in 1987, with
   keyboard rebuilt & relocated, trans-
   mission replaced and bells turned
   (but not tuned).

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 25 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is E  in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  4 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C D   /    C C 11
   There are two missing bass semitones
   There is no practice console
   The instrument was enlarged in 1936
     with bells made by Meneely/Wvlt
   Prior history:
     In 1928, the instrument was enlarged to 23 bells
       by Meneely/Wvlt
     In 1928, the instrument was begun with 15 bells
       by Meneely/Wvlt
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 1970
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

The new church Website has a text page about the carillon; but there are no photos of the building to be found.

The old church Website had a tiny drawing of the building on the home page.  Once upon a time, there was also a page with an extensive and illustrated description of the last restoration of the carillon; but that seems to have been abandoned in the latest redesign of the Website.  (There does remain a brief description on the History page.)

A Web page on Connecticut Carillons has brief descriptions of 10 of the 11 carillons in this state, with thumbnail photos linked to larger JPEG files.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Meneely (Watervliet) bellfoundry.
Where the second phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Meneely (Watervliet) bellfoundry.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Meneely (Watervliet) bellfoundry.

Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by weight.
Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by year of completion.

Other small carillons with similar keyboard ranges.

Index to all traditional carillons in CT.

Index to all tower bell instruments in CT.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 24-Oct-12
   based on textual data last updated on 2012/10/21
   and on technical data last updated on 1992/05/09
*Photos:

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