Ring-a-ding-ding (5/5)

Click to hear Ring-a-ding-ding (8mins 46 secs)

The final piece on bells involves a visit to theCarillon on the George Cadbury Estate in Bournville, Birmingham, to meet the carillonneur – Trevor Workman.

We’re already looked at the heavy end and the light end of the bell market and a carillon is just about in the middle. At the heavy end you have to pull bells weighting up to two tonnes, and at the light end you shake something weighing a few ounces.

A carillon rings both heavy and light bells, but you get mechanical assistance to do it.

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2 Responses to Ring-a-ding-ding (5/5)

  1. Colin Haynes says:

    Nice work, I loved hearing about the Carillon on the George Cadbury Estate!

    • mike says:

      Only just noticed your comment. Sorry for the delay in responding. Cadbury’s, alas, is on the way out. Bought up by Hershey, I believe. But Cadbury belong to the late 19 century tradition of responsible employers, who treated their employees with unheard-of consideration for the time – Winifred’s father (you remember her?) was their first refrigeration engineer in 1907; prior to that date Cadbury cooled their chocolate in a basement through which a stream ran, One of the Cadburies went to the netherlands and decided that he would set up a carillon on the village green, where I did the recording.

      How did the house move go? Mine is now up for sale.


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