When the Sun Goes Down…
the Music Turns up in Whitemarsh!
Celebrating over 35 years of community recitals, the St. Thomas’ Carillon at St. Thomas’ Church Whitemarsh will again host another season of international summer concerts for the surrounding community. All concerts start at 7:00pm and are held rain or shine. Admission is free.Get Directions
“Tuning the Sky!”
- July 5
- Winding Down Tuesday – relax and enjoy the beauty of the grove!
- Ulla Laage, carillonneur, Copenhagen, Denmark
- July 12
- Eat to the Beat – bring your picnic dinner!
- Rachael Perfecto & Jakob DeVreese, Connecticut & Belgium Guild of Carillonneurs in North America Class of 2015 Recitalists
- Kevin O’Malia – Silent Movie with Organ
- July 19
- Jingle in July
- Treblemakers – Carillon Duet Team of Janet Tebbel and Lisa Lonie
- Abington Presbyterian Handbell Choir
- July 26
- Final concert
- Auke de Boer, Groningen, The Netherlands
- The Jazz Tones
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.