LURAY : USA - VA

   Belle Brown Northcott Memorial Carillon

*Location:

   Luray Singing Tower
   Luray Caverns
   West Main Street (US Hwy.211 Business)
     at Northcott Drive
   Luray, Virginia, USA
   LL: N 38.66354, W 78.47888
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*Carillonist:

   Jesse Ratcliffe
   T: (304)575-9027
   E: jlr@musician.org
*Past carillonists:
   19??-86  Charles T. Chapman   (1904-86)
   1986-2014 David W. Breneman   (A)

*Contact:

   Luray Caverns
   970 US Highway 211 W
   Luray, VA  22835
   T: (540)743-6551
   - or -
   Lowell B. Baughan, President
   Luray Park Association, Inc.
   E: lbbaia@embarqmail.com

*Schedule:

   Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun, 8 pm, Jun-Aug;
   Sat, Sun, 2 pm, Apr-May & Sep-Oct.

*Remarks:

   Renovated by Taylor, 1991-92.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 47 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is A  in the bass octave
   Transposition is down 3 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C C   /    C D#26
   There are two missing bass semitones
   There is a practice console
   The whole instrument was installed in 1937
     with bells made by Taylor      
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                 20 meters above ground
     Height of lowest level of bells:   24 meters above ground
     Height of highest level of bells:  28 meters above ground
     Belfry openness:  70%
   Year of latest technical information source is 1970
*Links:

The Luray Caverns Website now has only one brief page about the Singing Tower; a former audio clip has been removed.  (Click either arrow below the photo to see the other available photo of the tower.)

A waymarking page has 3 photos of the tower.

An old B/W photo of the tower

Where 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 concert class carillons by year of completion.

Other concert carillons with similar keyboard ranges.

Index to all traditional carillons in VA.

Index to all tower bell instruments in VA.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on  1-Aug-14
   based on textual data last updated on 2014/07/20
   and on technical data last updated on 1992/05/09
*Photos:

(none available)


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