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62-Bell Carillon

A carillon is a musical instrument composed of at least 23 bells, arranged in sequence according to their pitch, to produce harmony when many bells are sounded together. The Longwood Carillon was made in The Netherlands by Royal Eijsbouts of Asten with 62 cast bells.

 

Guests enjoying a carillon concertHow is The Longwood Carillon played?

The 5-octave carillon can be played by hand or automatically by a new touch-sensitive computer system. The bells are stationary and have 2 strikers each, one inside each bell connected by wires and levers to the manual keyboard that a carillonneur strikes with the hands, the other an external striker powered by an electromagnet and connected to the computerized recording/playback system.

Listen to The Bells of Christmas, featuring our 62-bell Carillon and carillonneur Lisa Lonie! To purchase a digital copy, click here

Upcoming Carillon Performances

Janet Tebbel

Janet Tebbel is carillonneur of the First United Methodist Church and the Miraculous Medal Shrine in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

Alex Johnson

Alex Johnson is a rising carillonneur and recently studied carillon performance with a fellowship at Bok Tower Gardens in Florida.

Liesbeth Janssens

Liesbeth Janssens is a city carillonneur of Antwerp and Lommel, Belgium, and has performed throughout the US and Europe.

Dick van Dijk

An appointed member of the Order of Orange-Nassau, Dick van Dijk tours Europe and the United States with his organ and carillon performances.

Jesse Ratcliffe

Jesse Ratcliffe is the choirmaster and organist at St. James Episcopal Church in Warrenton, and carillonneur at the Luray Singing Tower.

Daniel K. Kehoe

Carillonneur Daniel K. Kehoe is part of the staff at Simsbury United Methodist Church in Connecticut.

Doug Gefvert

Doug Gefvert is the carillonneur of the Washington Memorial National Carillon.

John Widmann

The city carillonneur for Frederick, Maryland, John Widmann has toured the US and Europe as a recitalist.