BIRMINGHAM -- : USA - MI

*Location:

   St.James Episcopal Church
   355 West Maple Road, at Chester Street
   Birmingham, Michigan, USA
   LL: N 42.54645, W 83.21802
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*Player:

   Glenn Burdette, Dir.of Music Ministries
   E: music@stjamesbirmingham.org
*Past players:
    14No'65 ded. Wendell Westcott
   1965-?? Kent McDonald
   David Burton Brown

*Contact:

   St.James Episcopal Church
   355 West Maple Road
   Birmingham, MI  48009-3323
   T: (248)644-0820   F: (248)644-4405
   E: churchoffice@stjamesbirmingham.org

*Schedule:

   Cambridge (Westminster) quarters,
   8am-8pm; auto music at noon & 6pm.

*Remarks:

   Chime was in the former building on
   the same site, demolished c.1953;
   fate unknown.  Original electric action
   inside bells; replacement outside.
   4-octave electric keyboard & Verdin
   auto controls in choir room.

*Technical data:

   Electric-keyboard carillon of 35 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is A  in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  9 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C C   /    NONE  
   There are two missing bass semitones
   The whole instrument was installed in 1965
     with bells made by Petit & Fritsen
   Prior history:
     In 1905, the instrument was begun with 11 bells
       by Meneely/Wvlt
       (0 bells remain from that work.)
   Year of latest technical information source is 1973
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

*Links:

The home page of the church Website has a photo of the building, showing the open bell frame clearly.  The carillon (but not the original chime) is mentioned on a History page (under About).

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 Petit & Fritsen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

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

Index to all tower bell instruments in MI.

*Status:

   This page was built from the database on 25-Aug-10
   based on textual data last updated on 2010/08/05
   and on technical data last updated on 2001/12/15


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