High in the tower of St. Thomas is the carillon, consisting of four octaves (48) cast and tuned bronze bells 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 1/2 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.
Tours of the carillon tower are available upon request. Please contact Lisa Lonie.
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