COHASSET : USA - MA

   The Cohasset Carillon
   (formerly known as the Bancroft
     Memorial Carillon or the Jesse M.
     Barron Memorial Carillon)

*Location:

   St.Stephen's Episcopal Church
   Main Street opposite Depot Court
   Cohasset, Massachusetts, USA
   LL: N 42.24140, W 70.79081
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*Carillonist:

   Dr.John P. Whiteside, Dir. of Music
   E: JPWhiteside32@comcast.net
*Past carillonists:
   1924-30 Kamiel Lefévere  (1888-1972)
   1930-37 Edward B. (Ned) Gammons   (d.)
   1937-38 George Faxon   (d.)
   1938-85 Earl Chamberlain   (d.)
   1985-2009 Sally Slade Warner   (d.2009)
   2009-15 Mary J. Kennedy   (d.2015)

*Contact:

   St.Stephen's Church
   16 Highland Avenue
   Cohasset, MA  02025-1819
   T: (781)383-1083
   E: fredboston@msn.com  [music director]

*Schedule:

   Sunday 0940-1000 (before service);
   also Sunday 6pm in summer (guests).

*Remarks:

   The 1925 expansion to 43 bells made
   this the largest carillon in the USA up
   to that time.  New transmission
   installed during 1989-90 enlargement;
   at least 32 of the 35 G&J trebles
   removed were made available for sale,
   10 went into the Kerrytown Chime in
   Ann Arbor, MI, while at least some went
   to private collectors.  Original
   practice keyboard now at Norwood MA.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 57 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is G  in the bass octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     G E   /    G C 29
   There is one missing bass semitone
   There is an identical practice console
   The instrument was enlarged in 1990
     with 41 bells made by Taylor      
   Prior history:
     In 1928, the instrument was enlarged to 51 bells
       by Gillett & Johnston       (6 bells remain from that work)
     In 1925, the instrument was enlarged to 43 bells
       by Gillett & Johnston       (an unknown number remain, probably 4)
     In 1924, the instrument was begun with 23 bells
       by Gillett & Johnston       (an unknown number remain, probably 6)
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 1991
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

The church Website summarizes the carillon on the History page.  There are extensive illustrated pages about the carillon, though the link to them from the home page appears to be missing (July 2006 - Feb 2008).

The Kerrytown Chime in Ann Arbor, MI, received ten of the G&J trebles removed in the 1990 expansion.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Gillett & Johnston bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the second phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Gillett & Johnston bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the third phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Gillett & Johnston bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Taylor 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 grand carillons with similar keyboard ranges.

The bass bell of this carillon is among all great bells in North America.

Index to all traditional carillons in MA.

Index to all tower bell instruments in MA.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on  4-Oct-15
   based on textual data last updated on 2015/10/03
   and on technical data last updated on 2004/12/14
*Photos:

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