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A Chorus of Bells: Carillon Concert

We started attending these unique concerts a few years ago, (photos here),  at The Metropolitan United Church. Well, we'll be there once again!

Wesley Arai from California.


 

 

Recitals will take place rain or shine.

A guided tour of the carillon will be held after each performance.


IMPORTANT: The carillon tour involves hiking up and down about a hundred steps in the summer heat, it is for the reasonably fit only. Please wear proper footwear. TFCM will not be held  liable for any injuries or illness that may result from the climb.

We shall be collecting $5.00 from our members as a donation to the church. This will be given to the Carillon Fund of Metropolitan United Church for the Church Carillon Fund.


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If by now, you're wondering what a CARILLON is, read on.......

Metropolitan's carillon, whose bells are located high in the tower facing Queen Street, is still played before each Sunday service and before our many special events, as it has been since April 2, 1922. On that date, Metropolitan's 50th anniversary was celebrated with the dedication of the first 23 bells in Metropolitan's carillon, marking the first installation of a tuned carillon anywhere in North America.

The original bells were donated by Chester Massey in memory of his wife Margaret. On each of these 23 bells is inscribed, "May the spirit of the Lord reach the heart of every one where the sound of these bells is heard." Twelve smaller bells were added in 1960 and another 19 bells were added in 1971, bringing the total to the current 54 bells.

The carillon is played from a pedal and key console housed in the tower in an insulated cabin just below the bells. The original key and pedal console from 1922 is preserved and is on display in the tower vestibule.

 

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  • Dorothy R.

    A nice varied program, that was beautifully played. Followed by an in-depth tour of the carillon, right up to the tippy-top of the bell tower to see the bells themselves, and a delightful performance by Gerald, the resident Carillonneur.

    July 27, 2013

  • Esther

    I did not think that bells are suitable for playing real music. They cannot be tuned properly. They are fine for call-to-worship, but not real music. I enjoyed meeting fellow music-lovers, though, and will attend again!

    July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a wonderful concert! I nearly convinced myself to go up the 130 steps but thought better of it at the last moment. Hope everyone else enjoyed the concert and the tour!

    July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Mary ... I managed to break my leg last year .. and although I can manage a few flights of stairs with a minimum of grumbling, I think that I would have to do a lot of practice to make it up the carillon tower. Will the group be "obvious" .. and do we need to bring something to sit on?

    July 25, 2013

  • Ana

    Sorry, but I got an interpretation assignment this evening.

    July 25, 2013

  • Mary_TFCM

    Hello - the concert will be about one hour long, it will be held outdoors. The carillon tour is totally optional. I will not be doing it either, so please participate only if you feel fit and able.

    July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello ... I am coming tomorrow night but I won't be coming on the carillon tour .. sadly, I don't think my leg can make it up 100 steps. Can you tell me how long the concert is, and are we outside or inside the church? I know that Hart House concerts are often held outside. Thank you! Sarah

    July 24, 2013

  • Melicent

    Sorry, have a lecture to attend that evening.

    July 15, 2013

  • Melicent

    Sorry, already committed to something else that evening.

    July 4, 2013

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