Thompson Chapel Bells

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The Thompson Chapel bell tower houses a set of chimes (technically a few bells short of a carillon) which are rung three times daily (12:50, 4:00, 7:00) by the student Guild of Carilloneurs.

The ten bells are tuned in an Eb Major scale with an additional ninth and a flat sixth, to wit:

Eb | F | G | Ab | Bb | C | Db | D | Eb | F

This generally accomodates songs in Eb Major, Ab Major, and F Minor. The bells are played by means of levers arranged in a console on the second level of the tower connected by wires to the bells on the top level. Pushing down on the lever pulls the clapper on the end of the wire which rings the (stationary) bell. See pictures on Photoshare.

With each hand playing one note simultaneously, plus foot pedals attached to the three lowest notes, limited counterpoint and/or harmony are possible.

Guild of Carilloneurs 2005-2006