This week I bring you the Bell Tower of the wonderful Bournville Carrilon
The tower is actually the entrance to a primary school.
The copper cupola above the tower houses 48 bells, but this is no ordinary bell tower because the bells are not rung by ropes but by a carillon. The bells are fixed and don’t move, the sound is made by the clippers or tongues of the bells and these are worked by a kebyoard called a clavier.
Here is a short video of the Carillon being played. The sound doesn’t really do it justice as it’s much nicer from the outside. It’s an amazing instrument though, I’m sure you will agree.
I am very lucky to live near the Bournville Carillon and on a sunny Saturday afternoon there is nothing nicer than sitting on the village green opposite and listen to it being played.
If you ever visit Cadbury World in Birmingham be sure to take a look, it’s just across the road.