Singing Bell Tower

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A bell tower known as The Luray Singing Tower, officially known as the Belle Brown Northcott Memorial, was erected in 1937 in memory of Colonel T.C. Northcott’s wife. At 117 feet in height the Luray Singing Tower contains a carillon of 47 bells. The largest bell weighs 7,640 pounds and is six feet in diameter. The smallest weighs a mere 12 1/2 pounds. Recognized as one of the country’s major carillons, regularly scheduled recitals are held, free of charge, throught the spring, summer and fall. The carillon is situated in a park opposite Luray Caverns.

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A Carillon or bell tower known as The Luray Singing Tower, officially known as the Belle Brown Northcott Memorial, was erected in 1937 in memory of Colonel T.C. Northcott’s wife. At 117 feet in height the Luray Singing Tower contains a carillon of 47 bells. The largest bell weighs 7,640 pounds and is six feet in diameter. The smallest weighs a mere 12 1/2 pounds. Recognized as one of the country’s major carillons, regularly scheduled recitals are held, free of charge, through the spring, summer and fall. The carillon is situated in a park opposite Luray Caverns and is owned and maintained by the Luray Park Association.

The Carillon is an Old World instrument, originating in Belgium in the early 1620s. A carillon is defined as a musical instrument consisting of at least 23 cast bronze bells arranged in chromatic series and played from a keyboard. The carillon keyboard is similar to, but much larger than a piano or organ keyboard. The bells are played as the carillonneur (bellringer) pushes down on the key with the side of a loosely closed hand. The keys are directly connected to the clappers which are located on the inside of each bell. This direct connection gives the Carillonneur a vast range of dynamic expression (softness to loudness). The bells are stationary—only the clappers have motion.

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