GLOUCESTER : USA - MA

*Location:

   West tower
   Church of Our Lady of Good Voyage (RC)
   Prospect Street at Taylor Street
   Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA
   LL: N 42.61695, W 70.65713
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*Player:

   (none - silent during renovation)
*Past carilloneurs:
   19??-2008 Marilyn Clark (1927-2008) (A)

*Contact:

   Church of Our Lady of Good Voyage
   142 Prospect Street
   Gloucester, MA  01930-3714
   T: (978)283-1490   F: (978)283-0787

*Schedule:

   Normally Tuesday 7pm in July, but
   cancelled for 2007 - carillon silenced
   for safety and preservation (USD150,000
   needed for major restoration work)

*Remarks:

   First modern attuned carillon in USA.
   Three octave keyboard; four octave
   practice keyboard acquired 1987.
   Renovation and expansion to 3 octaves
   planned.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 31 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D# in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  3 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C G   /    C G   
   There is one missing bass semitone
   There is a non-identical practice console
   The instrument was enlarged in 1924
     with bells made by Taylor      
   Prior history:
     In 1922, the instrument was begun with 23 bells
       by Taylor      
   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:

News article on the restoration, with 4 photos (and some errors)

A very brief blog article has more photos, all clickable for much larger versions.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Taylor bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the initial 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 traditional carillons by year of completion.

Other small carillons with similar keyboard ranges.

Index to all traditional carillons in MA.

Index to all tower bell instruments in MA.

*Status:

   This page was built from the database on 18-Jul-09
   based on textual data last updated on 2009/07/10
   and on technical data last updated on 1992/12/31


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