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Bells Ring Music From Six Countries

Music from around the world rang from BC's 56-bell carillon on Sunday, Oct. 17.

John Courter played the carillon on Sunday, October 17.

John Courter, college organist and carillonneur, played a program of music from various countries he visited during his recent sabbatical leave from January to August. His hour-long concert was inspired by music from Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Belgium, Norway and the United States. Selections include folksongs, hymn arrangements, transcriptions of piano pieces, and original carillon works.

Although the carillon is best heard from ground level, visitors were invited to come up to the playing room for a brief period to observe the music maker, who uses fists and feet to ring the bells.

The bells range in weight from 15 to 2750 lbs. The largest, known as the "bourdon," was donated by the College Trustees, and is inscribed with the college's motto, "God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth." Courter regularly plays the carillon on Mondays through Fridays at 5:00 p.m. for 30 to 40 minutes.

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