Tower carillon


   First-Plymouth Congregational Church
   20th and D Streets
   Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
   LL: N 40.80294, W 96.69195
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   Kathleen (Kathie) Johnson   (A)
   H: (402)489-9036   C: (402)416-8317
   - and -
   Brent Shaw,   (A)
     Associate Carillonist
   T: (919)609-5362   W: (402)466-1906
*Past carillonists:
   30My1931 ded. Anton Brees
   194?-?? Ronald Barnes (1927-97)(C)
   1954-57 Milford Myhre   (C)
   1965-68 Carl Scott Zimmerman   (C)
             and church members
   1964-2003 Raymond R Johnson (1940-2003)


   First-Plymouth Congregational Church
   2000 D Street
   Lincoln, NE  68502-1698
   T: (402)476-7665
   - or -
   Lou Hurst
   T: (402)432-0310


   Saturday 1700-30
   For Sunday services.
   Before Abendmusik concerts.
   Summer recital series.


   Pedals down to bass G are present in
   new clavier.  New bells cast 1988.
   24 ornamental bells in belfry screen.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 57 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is C  in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  2 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     A#G   /    A#C 26
   There is one missing bass semitone
   There is an identical practice console
   The instrument was enlarged in 1990
     with 37 bells made by Whitechapel 
   Prior history:
     In 1931, the instrument was begun with 48 bells
       made by Taylor      
       (20 bells remain from that work.)
   Auxiliary mechanisms: Q4    
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                 55 meters above ground
     Height of lowest level of bells:   59 meters above ground
     Height of highest level of bells:  64 meters above ground
     Belfry openness:  50%
   Year of latest technical information source is 1993
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

The church Website has pictures of the tower.

The electric-action chamber carillon in the same building contains the treble bells which were removed from this instrument when it was enlarged.

News article, with several photos taken during a semi-annual public tour (17 Apr 2019).  It also tells some little-known parts of the history of the instrument.  If you use an ad-blocker, the article may be inaccessible even if you disable the ad-blocker.

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 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 NE.

Index to all tower bell instruments in NE.

   This page was built from the database on 27-Sep-19
   based on textual data last updated on 2019/09/19
   and on technical data last updated on 1993/06/27

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