Tonight is our second to last carillon concert of the summer. It should be a lovely evening for it.
This evening’s concert is being offered in honor of the late Pastor Bill deHeyman, who served on our staff for 15 years, overseeing our very popular First Steps to Worship and welcoming hundreds of children and their parents into the life of our church. He is greatly missed, and his impact upon our congregation will endure in the hearts of all.
The concert starts at 7:00p.m. Immediately after the carillon portion of the concert with Thomas Le, who lives in Berkeley, California, we will Irish Thunder – a bagpipes and drums concert – one of the summer highlights. Pastor Bill could often be seen in the grove for a Tuesday night concert, relaxing in his favorite lawn chair, toes tapping to the music floating from the tower.
In order to be a true carillon, you must have 24 bells. St. Thomas is blessed to have 48 cast and tuned bronze bells, consisting of four octaves, which are played by a carillonneur from a baton-type console which permits all subtleties of musical expression by variations in touch.
The bells are tuned harmoniously which permits them to be sounded together in chords. They vary in size and weight from the smallest of 24 pounds (7 ½-inch diameter) to the largest bell, the “Bourdon”, weighing nearly 3,300 pounds with a diameter of 53 inches. The carillon bells were cast by the Dutch foundry, Petit and Fritsen. The total combined weight of the carillon bells is approximately 30,000 pounds.
The St. Thomas’ Carillon is a lasting memorial to Catherine Colt Dickey given by her husband and children. It was dedicated in 1974 and has been ringing its message for the parish and to the community continuously for over 25 years.
We are graced to have our Carilloneur extraordinaire Lisa Lonie organize our summer concerts and play the bells each Sunday before and after our worship.
With love and prayers,