Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon
Riverside Church (interdenominational: ABC/UCC) Riverside Drive at 122nd Street Morningside Heights New York, New York, USA LL: N 40.81209, W 73.96319
*Original location (1925-1929):
Park Avenue Baptist Church (now Central Presbyterian Church) Park Avenue at 64th Street LL: N 40.76580, W 73.96738
Charles Semowich W: (518)434-8036 E: CSemowich@trcnyc.org*Past carillonists:
1927-60 Kamiel Lefévere (1888-1972) 1960-89 James R. Lawson (1919-2003) 1990-98 Joseph Clair Davis (A) 1999-2018 Dionisio A. Lind (A) (1931-2018) 2018-19 (position vacant)
The Riverside Church 490 Riverside Drive New York, NY 10027-5788 T: (212)222-5900 E: welcome/@/trcnyc DOTorg
1030, 1230, 1500 (sometimes 1430) on Sunday; also special occasions. Parsifal quarters. Public tours Wed-Sat 1pm (fee)
Largest carillon in the world from its original installation until 1960; still the heaviest; first installation here had electro-pneumatic assist (3 volume levels) on 6 largest bells. Out of action 2000-04 (except for the five swinging bells) during renovation by Tim Hurd; rededicated Sept.2004; Vanbergen/Heiligerlee bells removed to storage in church basement until acquired by B.A.Sunderlin in 2017. See BIRMINGHAM - FPC, USA - AL for original keyboard from Park Avenue, though matching practice keyboard is on display on 20th floor of tower. Jan.2020: Tower reopened for public tours.
Traditional carillon of 74 bells Pitch of heaviest bell is C in the bass octave Transposition is down 5 semitone(s) Keyboard range: F G / F D 33 There is one missing bass semitone 58 bells were recast or replaced in 2003 by Whitechapel Prior history: In 1956, the instrument was enlarged to 74 bells with bells made by vanBergen (0 bells remain from that work.) In 1931, the instrument was enlarged to 72 bells by Gillett & Johnston (4 bells were added in and/or remain from that work.) In 1925, the instrument was begun with 53 bells by Gillett & Johnston (12 bells remain from that work.) Auxiliary mechanisms: S5Q4H Tower details: Height of console: 98 meters above ground Height of lowest level of bells: 90 meters above ground Height of highest level of bells: 103 meters above ground Belfry openness: 62% Year of latest technical information source is 2003
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