WEST HARTFORD : USA - CT

   Gordon Stearns Memorial Carillon

*Location:

   First Church of Christ, Congregational
   South Main Street, in town center
   West Hartford, Connecticut, USA
   LL: N 41.76105, W 72.74164
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*Carillonist:

   Virginia Vocelli
   77 Bonny View Road
   West Hartford, CT  06107-3402
   H: (860)521-6147   W: (860)673-9712
   E: GVocelli@comcast.net

*Contact:

   First Church of Christ
   12 South Main Street
   West Hartford, CT  06107-2046
   T: (860)233-9605   F: (860)232-8183

*Schedule:

   Sundays throughout the year;
   summer series with guest recitalists.

*Remarks:

   Original two-octave practice keyboard
   no longer exists.  The enlargement of
   1985 was done by Tim Hurd.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 50 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is A# in the middle octave
   Transposition is up one octave
   Keyboard range:     A#C   /    A#C 26
   There is one missing bass semitone
   There is no practice console
   The instrument was enlarged in 1985
     with bells made by Whitechapel 
   Prior history:
     In 1969, the instrument was begun with 24 bells
       with bells made by Whitechapel 
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                 17 meters above ground
     Height of lowest level of bells:   (unknown)
     Height of highest level of bells:  (unknown)
     Belfry openness:    %
   Year of latest technical information source is 2006
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

The church Website has an iconic tower sketch on the home page.  In the Music section there is a Carillon page, which includes photos of the tower and bells and gives the summer concert schedule. 

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 Whitechapel bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Whitechapel bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

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 concert class carillons by year of completion.

Other concert 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 10-Aug-15
   based on textual data last updated on 2015/08/05
   and on technical data last updated on 2006/04/07
*Photos:

(none available)

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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