Campaign Launched to Complete Our Carillon
This past year marked the 70th anniversary of the installation of the Christ Church carillon. This is truly a historic instrument. Comprising 23 bells, it is one of only five carillons in Virginia and the only one that resides in an independent church.
We are now engaged in a campaign to complete the musical scale of the two-octave carillon. For decades, the absence of two bells—a low C-sharp and a low D-sharp—has limited the range of hymns and other musical literature that can be played on our instrument. It’s as if two black keys were missing from the low notes on a piano keyboard.
The Vestry has approved a campaign to raise $45,000 for the completion and ongoing care of the carillon. All parishioners and friends of Christ Church are invited to take part in this effort with gifts over and above yearly pledges. The church also invites parishioners to use this opportunity to honor the memory of Clair B. Holland, who served as the Church’s volunteer carillonneur for nearly 40 years. A much-beloved member of our community, she passed away last year at the age of 93. Today her daughter, Clair Robison, calls us to worship each Sunday as our current carillonneur.
The two new bells—weighing some 1,200 and 900 pounds, respectively—are being made by B.A. Sunderlin Bellfoundry in Ruther Glen, Virginia, the only traditional bellfoundry in the United States. Using 3-D scanning technology, the company has ensured that the new bells match the profile of the existing bells, which were cast in the years following World War II by Gillett and Johnston in Croydon, England. Before its foundry closed in 1957, Gillett and Johnston produced some of the finest bell ensembles in the world,
To learn more about this campaign and how to take part, please see the brochures located throughout the church, contact the Church office. If you’d like to make a donation to the fund, go to the Online Giving Form here.