|CARILLON FOR BRYN MAWR PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH|
BRYN MAWR - Workers discovered a bell hatch in the tower of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church (Pennsylvania, USA) during recent renovations, giving the church all the more reason to be certain that installing a 49-bell carillon has taken it in a direction both forward-looking and appropriate within its history.
Tiffany Ng __________________________________________________
With a total weight of over 30,000 pounds (13.636 kg), the carillon boasts a bourdon of nearly 2,000 pounds (909 kg) and is playable from a mechanical keyboard and, for simple tolling and pealing, a remote electronic programmable keyboard. As the carillon is at present heard optimally only from the foot of the tower, the church hopes to eventually install a moveable louver system.
BRYN MAWR CARILLONNEURS
Upon its dedication, the carillon immediately joined the regional summer concert series. Last year's slate of recitalists included established international artists such as Ann-Kirstine Christiansen and new American faces such as Lara West.
The Bryn Mawr Carillonneurs are involved in planning for the 2009 Congress of The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America at nearby Longwood Gardens and are enthusiastic to host events at their 1,200-seat church. With the involvement of local carillonneurs such as Doug Gefvert, Lisa Lonie, and Janet Tebbel and the energetic efforts of Bob Holmes, this new instrument is poised to become an integral part of the country's treasury of carillons in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Additional information about the Middleton Family Carillon and Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church is available online at [www.bmpc.org].