The Tower of the Apostles
   Kirk in the Hills (Presbyterian/PCUSA)
   West Long Lake Road at Kirkway Drive
   Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA
   LL: N 42.58111, W 83.29442
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   Dennis Curry,   (C)
     Carillonneur & Associate Organist
   420 Suffield Avenue
   Birmingham, MI  48009-4639
   H: (248)338-0420   C: (248)508-7050
   F: (248)626-4924   E:
*Past carillonist:
   1960-89 Frederick L. Marriott (1901-89)


   Kirk in the Hills   (A)
   1340 West Long Lake Road
   Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302-1335
   T: (248)626-2515   F: (248)626-4924


   After Sunday services, June-September;
   before Sunday services, September-June.
   Quarter- and hour-strike 0900-2100,
   normally Parsifal (but programmable);
   also seasonal music automatically
   at noon, 6pm, 9pm.


   Swinging bells are G, B, D, E, G.
   Totally renovated in 1999-2000 by
   Meeks & Watson; new GCNA standard
   keyboard and practice keyboard.
   Original practice keyboard (P&F, 1960)
   now at Metropolitan Church, Toronto.
   Old roll player and electric keyboard
   removed; new automatic play from
   computer or organ (36 notes).
   2010: action upgraded.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 77 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is G  in the bass octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     G C   /    G C 29
   There is one missing bass semitone
   There is an identical practice console
   The present keyboard was installed in 1999
     by the maker cited in Remarks above
   Prior history:
     In 1960, the complete instrument of 77 bells was installed
       with bells made by Petit & Fritsen
   Auxiliary mechanisms: E36S5O
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2001
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

The church Website is extensive; a page about the carillon can be found under About/Architecture.

Aerial "video" (stills plus peal) of the building and property

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Petit & Fritsen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Meeks & Watson Company, 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 MI.

Index to all tower bell instruments in MI, including the chime (KH/2) at the same institution.

   This page was built from the database on  2-Aug-14
   based on textual data last updated on 2014/07/30
   and on technical data last updated on 2000/07/30

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Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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