Celebrating over 35 years of free community recitals, the St. Thomas’ Carillon at St. Thomas’ Church Whitemarsh, Bethlehem Pike and Church Road (Rt. 73) in Fort Washington, (GPS: 7020 Camp Hill Road, Ft. Washington, PA 19034) will again host another season of international summer concerts for the surrounding community. All concerts start at 7:00PM Tuesday, July 3 – August 14, and are held rain or shine. Admission is free. Please call 215-233-3970 or visit www.StThomasWhitemarsh.org for additional information and directions. Free will offering will be extended.
“What Summer Sounds Like!” 2018
July 3 Winding Down Tuesday – relax and enjoy the beauty of the grove!
7:00p The Treblemakers – Lisa Lonie & Janet Tebbel Duet Carillon
8:00p Tower Tours
July 10 Janet & Dwight Dundore Memorial Recital
7:00p Geert D’hollander, carillon, Bok Tower Gardens, Florida
8:00p Brush Brothers Folk Singers
July 17 Eat to the Beat – bring your picnic dinner!
7:00p Phillipe Buellens, carillon, Belgium
8:00p Michael Smith, Organ
July 24 Polish-American Night!
7:00p Joanna Stroz, carillon, Poland & Denmark
8:00p PKM Polish Folk Dancers
July 31 The William (“Pastor Bill”) deHeyman Memorial Recital Family Fun Night!
7:00p Hylke Banning, carillon, The Netherlands
8:00p Family Stages Theater – The Jungle Book
Aug 7 Stay Calm and Jingle On
7:00p Lisa Lonie, carillon, Ft. Washington
8:00p Tower Tours
Aug 14 The Orin Hamilton Memorial Recital
7:00p Cast in Bronze Traveling Carillon Show
The CARILLON is a musical instrument of 23 or more bells that when sounded produce music. Carillon bells are hung stationary with only the clapper moving against the lip of the bell. It is manually played from a console with both fists and feet activating batons and pedals attached to the clappers through mechanical linkage. There is no electronic assistance to ring the bells. Remarkable variations in expression are possible and controlled entirely by the carillonneur. With a live television feed between the St. Thomas’ Church tower and the ground, listeners can view the carillonneur during the performance.
The largest bell of the St. Thomas’ carillon weighs 3,300 pounds; the smallest only 24 pounds. Dedicated in 1974, the carillon of St. Thomas’ Church is memorialized to Catherine Colt Dickey. The 48 bronze bells were cast in The Netherlands.
The concert series is partially supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and is administered in this region by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.